June 11, 2014 7:57 am

Fire hydrants malfunction as Higgins Avenue warehouse burns again

Firefighters work to douse a fire at Gateway Industries in Winnipeg's Point Douglas area on Tuesday night.

Christopher Stanton / Global News

WINNIPEG – Fire crews responding to a blaze in Point Douglas discovered two fire hydrants that didn’t work on Tuesday night.

Firefighters ran water lines across Higgins and Sutherland avenues when they couldn’t get the hydrants closest to Gateway Industries to work for nearly half an hour. That forced the closure of the nearby Louise Bridge.

They fought the fire for hours overnight as thick, black smoke billowed from the Higgins Avenue warehouse.

The same building caught fire three times in three days in 2011, causing $1.5 million damage. The initial fire burned for 12 hours and more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze; they returned to fight two more fires two days later.

A lack of fire hydrants was cited as a problem following the 2011 fire.

There was no damage estimate for Tuesday’s fire available early Wednesday and investigators are still investigating the cause.

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