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Winnipeg firefighters battle building blaze on Main Street

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Raw video of the fire on Main Street on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, courtesy of Greg Mackling/CJOB – Aug 17, 2021

Main Street was closed Tuesday as emergency crews tackle a major building fire.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service said the call came in around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the four-storey building at 802 Main St.

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“On arrival, they mounted an offensive attack, meaning they went into the building,” said Tom Wallace, Deputy Chief.

“But by the time they got to the third floor, the heat and the smoke was too much. So they retreated, and since that time, we’ve been mounting a defensive attack from the outside of the building.”

Wallace said no one was in the building at the time and firefighters are all unharmed.

At 7:45 a.m. smoke was still billowing out of the building and a fresh ladder truck was rotated in.

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Main Street was closed until noon, and police said at the time that Jarvis Avenue would stay closed for the time being.

A reminder the Arlington bridge is closed for maintenance until Aug. 23.

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Live hit on Main Street fire in Winnipeg – Aug 17, 2021

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