WINNIPEG — A house fire has left four people dead and an infant in critical condition.
Two women and two children were fatally injured when the blaze broke out inside a home in Winnipeg’s northern suburbs Tuesday night.
Thick flames were pouring out of the building when crews arrived. They pulled five people from the home, four of whom died in hospital.
“These type of fires are always very hard…very toxic because of the plastic, the way the fire moved so quickly. That’s one of the reasons why this fire trapped these individuals. It was a very tough fire,” Alex Forrest, head of the city’s firefighters union, said Wednesday.
“Normally, in this type of building, firefighters may not even have went in, but given the fact that there were life situations, they put their own lives on the line to go in to rescue the individuals.”
Media reports have said the adults were a mother and grandmother and the children were girls, including two under the age of 10.
It’s believed the fire started in the basement.
The city’s arson strike force was investigating, but police said the blaze didn’t appear to be suspicious.