May 21, 2014 4:48 pm

Firefighters douse Osborne apartment fire

WINNIPEG – Firefighters battled a blaze in a South Osborne apartment Wednesday afternoon.

The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. in a building near the corner of Osborne Street and Morley Avenue. Flames and thick, black smoke could be seen pouring out of a third floor suite.

“We heard glass shatter and people yelling… across the hall so I was like, okay, grab everything,” said Breanna Thorsteinson, who was right across the hall from where the fire started. “I’m just glad we were there for the cat.”

“The alarm went off once and it shut off and we didn’t think anything of it, so we sat back down,” said Sarah Moore, Thorsteinson’s friend. “Then we heard it again and we smelled smoke, so we just ran outside.”

 

There were no injuries.

The fire was out by 6 p.m., but the presence of dozens of firefighters and their vehicles caused a major rush hour delay on Osborne Street that stretched back into downtown.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire, though some neighbours said it started in the kitchen of a third floor suite.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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