Extensive fire damage to multi-family home in William Whyte area

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A multi-family home in the 500 block of Alfred Avenue suffered significant damage in a fire Wednesday night.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to the fire just after 8:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews encountered smoke and flames coming from the structure and began to fight the fire from within.

As conditions worsened and security concerns increased, firefighting continued from the outside.

Conditions then improved enough to allow crews to return inside to extinguish any fires still ignited.

The crews declare the fire under control around 10:50 p.m.

Five occupants were able to self-evacuate before the fire trucks arrived.

No injuries were reported and city emergency social services personnel were called to help three residents find temporary housing.

Since Thursday morning, the WFPS has been advising drivers and pedestrians to watch for icy sections of the road and sidewalk caused by firefighting efforts.

The City will monitor conditions and apply sand and de-icing agents to roads and sidewalks as needed to improve traction.

No damage estimate is available at this time, although the house suffered significant structural damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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