Two firefighters suffered minor injuries after a River Heights blaze Thursday evening.
Fire crews arrived on scene at Borebank Street just after 5 p.m., when the garage was almost fully engulfed in flames.
“You could just hear it, sizzling, and like extreme flames,” said James Green, who witnessed the blaze from across the street.
A heroic rescue was also performed by a man nearby. Two dogs were safely removed from the home and returned to their owners.
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“One guy came running full sprint, went into the home, saved I believe two animals. I know there was three so I don’t know what happened to the third,” said Green.
“His hair was smoking; it was quite the scene.”
That man was Taren Gesell, who said the fire “was a lot smaller when I went over there.”
He and a friend ran down the street and went through the front door.
“It was a lot less heroic than what it might sound from what some people are saying.”
The dogs included a 150-pound Mastiff, a six-pound Yorkie, and a tiny Mini-Pomeranian.
“Paramedics assessed two firefighters who sustained minor injuries,” said the City of Winnipeg in a release.
“Neither firefighter required transportation to hospital.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.