Six people were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out in a Winnipeg car shop Thursday night.
The City of Winnipeg said the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service was called into business at block 100 of Provencher Boulevard at 8:18 p.m.
Smoke and flames from the building were seen. The teams began to fight the fire from inside the building, but the deterioration of the conditions forced them to leave, where they continued fighting the flames with the help of an air truck.
Firefighters also used a drone for “situation awareness.”
Annie Alarie said she was leaving the nearby Festival du Voyageur with her boyfriend when they realized that something was burning.
“We just saw smoke and began to smoke more,” he told CTV News. “And then we thought, well, it started to smell like rubber, so there has to be a fire.”
A passerby and five nearby residents were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. All were described as in stable condition.
The city warned people Thursday night to avoid the area. He said that people who live nearby and experience smoke conditions should remain indoors with the windows closed.
He said Provencher Boulevard will remain closed to traffic between Tache Avenue and Aulneau Street while teams complete their work on the scene.
This is a developing story. CTV News will provide updates as more information becomes available.