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Warehouse as big as a city block on fire in Winnipeg’s North End

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A warehouse burns on Jarvis Avenue in Winnipeg's North End. The warehouse is the size of an entire city block. Video by Global News' Corey Callaghan – Jul 22, 2019

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.

READ MORE: Winnipeg firefighters battle early morning blaze on Jarvis Avenue

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.

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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

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Fire Chief John Lane on the fire overnight on Jarvis Avenue – Jul 22, 2019

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

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Fire Chief John Lane says air quality is a concern – Jul 22, 2019

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.

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The fire burns on Jarvis Avenue.
The fire burns on Jarvis Avenue. Greg Mackling/Global News
The fire rages on Jarvis Avenue overnight.
The fire rages on Jarvis Avenue overnight. Global News
A firefighter battles the blaze on Jarvis Avenue Monday.
A firefighter battles the blaze on Jarvis Avenue Monday. Greg Mackling/Global News
Smoke drifts across the city from a fire on Jarvis Avenue.
Smoke drifts across the city from a fire on Jarvis Avenue. Elisha Dacey/Global News
The fire burns on Jarvis Avenue.
The fire burns on Jarvis Avenue. City of Winnipeg/Twitter