Fire on Alexander Avenue caused by improperly throwing out smoking materials

The Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a fire in a two-storey house in the 500 block of Alexander Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Crews arrived at 3:42pm and saw smoke coming from the structure. Firefighters fought the fire from inside and declared the fire under control at 4:30pm.

Residents safely self-evacuated before WFPS crews arrived.

Most of the damage was contained to the room the fire was in.

Preliminary investigations suggest the fire was accidental and caused by improperly throwing out smoking materials.

Firefighters rescued multiple cats from the house. No injuries were reported.

The City of Winnipeg’s Emergency Social Services team is helping residents find temporary accommodations.

WFPS is reminding residents to follow these safety tips:

  • Smoking material should always be extinguished in a proper ashtray or deep metal container.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out by dousing in water or sand
  • Butts should never be thrown from balconies, decks, car windows, or disposed of near any vegetation like grass, leaves or bush
  • Never use a plant pot as an ash tray. When a butt is put into a planter, it can smolder for several hours

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