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Two firefighters injured, dogs killed in Wellington Crescent blaze

Video footage from the scene of a fire on Wellington Crescent, near the intersection of Waverley Street., mid-day Wednesday – Jan 9, 2019

Two Winnipeg firefighters suffered minor injuries and two family pets were killed Wednesday as the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service tackled a smoky situation on Wellington Crescent.

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The firefighters were injured while battling the house fire in the 800 block of the affluent Winnipeg street, which started at around 11:30 a.m.

One was taken to hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Deputy Chief Russ Drohomereski said crews originally entered the large single-storey bungalow to fight the fire, but found the floor was too unstable to continue.

“It’s got quite a good hold in the basement, in the structure, it’s a stubborn [fire],” he said Wednesday.

Drohomereski said crews tried to tackle the fire from inside at first and were forced to move outside to a defensive strategy for the safety of the firefighters.

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The fire was officially declared under control at 3:55 p.m.

All of the house’s residents were safe and accounted for, but fire crews weren’t able to resuscitate the two dogs.

The city said Wednesday afternoon that Wellington Crescent will remain closed to traffic until fire crews are done at the scene.

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Water used to fight the fire also covered the roadway, creating icy conditions — drivers are encouraged to use caution.

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-With files from Austin Siragusa and Elisha Dacey

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