So Long, Bannatyne: building featured on Guess Who album burns
WINNIPEG – Smoke and flames billowed over the weekend from a Winnipeg apartment building made famous on the cover of a Guess Who album.
Fire crews arrived to fight a fire at the Bannatyne Apartments at Bannatyne Avenue and Kate Street in the Exchange District at about 11 a.m. Sunday.
The blaze had spread from the basement to the roof of the three-storey building when fire crews arrived. It took several hours to control the blaze, with one firefighter sent to hospital with minor injuries.
The area around Bannatyne and Isabel Street was evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze.
The building, which was vacant while it underwent renovations, is expected to be a total loss.
The apartment block was once home to Guess Who guitarist Kurt Winter and was featured on the cover of the 1971 album So Long, Bannatyne, with the band sitting in a red Chevrolet in front of the building.
The song includes the line “So long, Bannatyne, hello my Chevrier home.”
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