Children leap from window to escape Winnipeg fire

WINNIPEG – Two children escaped a fire by jumping out of the window of a burning Young Street apartment on Friday morning.

Firefighters battled multiple blazes in Winnipeg early Friday, with the apartment fire in the inner city, a stubborn factory fire in Transcona and a car exploding in south St. Vital near the Perimeter Highway.

A fire broke out in a three-storey apartment building on Young Street between Ellice and Sargent avenues at around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Fire crews rescued a woman and two children from the fire at this Young Street apartment block in downtown Winnipeg. Gage Fletcher / Global News

A woman was hanging out of a second-storey window when fire crews arrived on the scene, fire officials said. The two children had already jumped from the window; the woman was rescued with a ladder truck, fire officials said. All three were taken to hospital in stable condition.

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The fire was extinguished by 7:45 a.m. but firefighters were still at the apartment block. Young reopened shortly after 8 a.m.

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Meanwhile, other crews spent hours battling a fire at a wheel factory in Transcona.

The blaze at the Amsted Rail and Griffin Wheel factory on Day Street started at around midnight, fire officials said. The factory makes parts for railway companies.

No details about the cause or injuries were available.

A car burns on Burland Avenue in Winnipeg on Friday morning. Courtesy of Monique Fouillard / Global News

And finally, a car burst into flames and exploded on Burland Avenue near Aldgate Road this morning. That fire is now out.

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