Three people are dead after an early morning fire Sunday at a rooming house on Alexander Avenue.
Another person is in hospital in critical condition while two firefighters also suffered minor injuries.
Deputy Fire Chief Christian Schmidt says crews had to battle trick conditions inside the building.
“What the firefighters would have encountered would have been thick smoke and heat, which clearly makes visibility and conditions difficult when performing the rescue search.”
The cause of the fire and whether there were working smoke alarms are under investigation. Marc Proulx of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service says this is a tragic example of why your family has to ready.
“That smoke alarm does give you the advantage of time. So if it’s practiced in the escape plan and it’s working, you’ll get that advantage. Otherwise, you don’t have that time factor you need to get out.”
He points out that fire drills are practiced in schools monthly, but most fires happen at home.