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Winnipeg firefighters preaching outdoor fire safety after blaze at home

One of four new Winnipeg fire trucks leased in late 2019 is parked outside Station 1 on Ellen Street.
One of four new Winnipeg fire trucks leased in late 2019 is parked outside Station 1 on Ellen Street. Joe Scarpelli/Global News

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) is urging people who use outdoor fire pits to do so with care after a fire in one got out of control on Saturday, sending one person to hospital.

WFPS crews were called to the 1300 block of William Avenue just before 5 p.m. on Saturday and found smoke and flames coming from the one-storey home.

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Dousing the flames took about an hour — and paramedics rushed one person to hospital in stable condition.

A brief investigation has led crews to believe an outdoor fire pit was the cause behind the blaze – and the WFPS says all Winnipeggers need to keep their burn areas at least 10 feet away from structures, wires or anything else that could catch fire.

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The WFPS is also issuing several other safety tips:

  • Your fire pit must have a metal grate or mesh (or spark arrestor) on top of the pit with openings less than 12 mm (1/2 inch) wide.
  • Only burn clean, dry, unpainted and untreated wood. Never burn grass, leaves, brush, or tree trimmings.
  • Have a supply of water or sand on hand to quickly extinguish the fire if needed.
  • An adult must supervise outdoor fires at all times.
  • If wind speeds exceed 25 km/h, outdoor fires are not permitted.
  • Always use an approved receptacle for open air fires or fire pits, and obtain a permit from the City of Winnipeg for any fire pit in your yard.
  • Dispose of ashes from fire pits by dousing them with water and putting them in an empty metal container.
Rivers especially high and dangerous: Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service
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