Crews are on the scene of a large fire in Winnipeg’s North End.
The fire started at about 12:45 a.m. Monday at a warehouse at 274 Jarvis Ave, said the city of Winnipeg. From there, it spread throughout the building, which occupies an entire city block.
Multiple fire trucks are being used to battle the blaze including an aerial ladder.
“Eight nearby residences were also evacuated. Winnipeg Transit provided a bus to shelter the evacuees. Manitoba Hydro cut power to the surrounding area to ensure affected hydro lines, poles, and transformers did not add to the hazards,” said the city in a release.
The entire building has collapsed and it’s expected crews will be on scene throughout the day and into tomorrow.
WATCH: Fire Chief John Lane on the fire overnight on Jarvis Avenue
The public is being asked to avoid the area and Fire Chief John Lane is advising that people close their windows due to smoke from the fire traveling east across the city.
“Certainly to the east of the fire, the air quality is of concern,” said Lane. “Especially if you’ve got any pre-existing breathing difficulties.”
WATCH: Fire Chief John Lane says air quality is a concern
Space in the warehouse was rented by a number of people, businesses and organizations, including a local t-shirt printing company and at least five local bands, who lost thousands of dollars worth of uninsured instruments and gear.