MANITOBANS firefighters battled a blaze that gutted an apartment complex and a home, killing a mother and injuring her six-year-old son, authorities said.
More than a dozen firefighters from the Manitoba Fire Protection and Rescue Service responded to the scene at the Glenbow Manor Apartments in Winnipeg around 11:45 p.m.
Two homes were destroyed and a third was not damaged, according to the Manitoba Public Insurance Corp. The fire department said the fire started inside the building, and there was no information on whether anyone was injured.
Firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, and it was not clear whether any homes had been damaged.
The blaze is being treated as a non-life threatening incident, the fire department stated.
The cause of the blaze was under investigation.
The Glenbow home had been vacant for nearly two years, and the woman was one of two residents who had lived there for at least a decade, the province’s health department said.
The manitobe has had about 3,500 residents for decades, according the Manitoba Health Agency.
“We have been able to get through the process,” said Glenbow Mayor Rob McLean.
“It’s a very tough day for all of us.”
Neighbours said the manitoes owner, who was not identified, was a mother of three.
“I didn’t see her out the window,” said resident Donna Foulkes, who lived in the complex.
The building has two apartments, two single-family houses, a four-bedroom house and two townhouses. “
The Glenbow complex, at 2455 North Main St., is home to about 2,500 people, according City of Winnipeg data.
The building has two apartments, two single-family houses, a four-bedroom house and two townhouses.
It’s also owned by the Manitoba Housing and Community Development Corporation, the provincial government agency responsible for building community housing.
Stoddard said the family had three children who were attending school. “
There are three of us who have lived here for a long time and it’s been a long-time relationship,” he said.
Stoddard said the family had three children who were attending school.
He said they moved to Winnipeg in the 1990s.
“They’re all in Grade 1 right now,” he added.
A resident at the complex said the blaze caused the building to collapse.
“The fire destroyed part of the structure and a lot of the windows were broken.
There was a lot [of] debris everywhere,” said Jennifer Lopes.
The complex has a master plan for a mixed-income community.
Residents have said they want to move to another complex, which has a different type of building.
The home was listed for sale in March, with a listed asking price of $3.5 million.