Winnipeg Police arson unit is investigating after a massive fire in Wolseley injured four firefighters.
The blaze broke out around 3:45 a.m. Saturday on Westminster near Maryland.
President of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg, Alex Forrest says a commercial building under construction caught fire and it quickly spread to two other homes. The blaze also caused some damage to Westminster United Church across the street.
Forrest says two people were rescued from one home and four firefighters suffered burns while searching for victims.
“Unfortunately during this fire, it was a tremendously hard fire, four firefighters were burned and sustained other injuries. Right now, I believe they are at hospital in stable condition.”
He adds the two residents were treated for smoke inhalation. They are also in stable condition.
Witnesses have reported that two suspects were observed in the area shortly before the fire broke out at approximately 3:30 a.m.
Police tell 680 CJOB the damage is estimated at 4.5 million dollars.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Garage Fire Nearby Deemed Arson
Winnipeg Police have deemed a garage fire that broke out in the same neighbourhood as arson.
Shortly before 6:00 a.m., crews arrived to find two adjacant garages on fire in the 100 block of Chestnut Street, which is just west of Westminster and Maryland.
Police say two vehicles were badly damaged, along with the contents in both garages.
No one was injured.
Damage is pegged at $80, 000.
It’s not known if the fires are connected.