Winnipeg fire that burned 2 homes flares up again overnight

WATCH: Winnipeg firefighters battle a stubborn blaze on Elgin Avenue after it flared up again early Thursday.

WINNIPEG – Firefighters were called out again early Thursday to a blaze they first responded to at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire started in a vacant house in the 600 block of Elgin Avenue in the downtown core and spread to the home next door. Rotating crews of firefighters fought the stubborn blaze in -30 C weather.

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They were called back to the scene at around 4 a.m. when the blaze rekindled, with flames again shooting through the roof of a home. The blaze was finally put out shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.

The home that first caught fire is completely destroyed and the second suffered extensive damage, firefighters said. The cause of the fire was unknown Thursday morning.

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Flames shoot from the roof of an Elgin Avenue home where firefighters battled a blaze for 14 hours Wednesday and Thursday. Walther Bernal / Global News
Winnipeg fire crews fight blaze that spread to two homes on Elgin Avenue. Walther Bernal / Global News
Afternoon fire on Elgin Avenue spreads to two homes. Global News
Afternoon fire on Elgin Avenue spreads to two homes. Walther Bernal / Global News
Smoke blankets the area as Winnipeg firefighters battle a blaze on Elgin Avenue in bitterly cold temperatures. Walther Bernal / Global News
Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed one home and damaged another on Wednesday. Walther Bernal / Global News
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Bitter cold made the battle against a stubborn Elgin Avenue fire particularly difficult for firefighters Wednesday. Walther Bernal / Global News
Firefighters returned Thursday morning to a fire that burned two homes Wednesday in Winnipeg. Gage Fletcher / Global News
Flames shoot from the roof of a home on Elgin Avenue in Winnipeg on Thursday morning. Gage Fletcher / Global News

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