A fire at rooming house in the Centennial neighbourhood has left two young women and a man dead.
Officials say the flames ignited inside the Alexander Avenue building near Ellen Street at around 2:30 a.m Sunday.
“It’s a very small two-storey rooming house,” said Alex Forrest, President of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg.
“There was over 14 people that were living in that rooming house and you would never think that there were problems for getting out if there was a fire, but once fire occurs it’s extremely dark and there’s toxic smoke.”
Four people were taken from the scene by paramedics in critical condition. Two women aged 20 and 21 have died. Two others were taken to hospital, a 49-year-old man later died. Two firefighters also suffered minor injuries.
“There was close to a dozen to a dozen people that (firefighters) were helping out immediately to get out of the fire,” Forrest said.
“They were told there was a number of individuals that are still inside.”
It’s still unclear how many people were treated in total, but Forrest mentions a number of them were suffering from smoke inhalation.
The Arson Unit has taken over the investigation into what caused the blaze. Police will not say whether it is considered suspicious at this time.
“We will try and place (those affected) in emergency shelters, we will working with the Salvation Army and try and assist these people as much as possible,” Forrest said.
Forrest added this is the second deadly fire for one of the crews this weekend following a fatal fire at McDermont and Juno where a woman died.
Meantime a gofundme page has been set up for on of the families affected by the fire.
With Files From Bailey Hildebrand