Winnipeg fire crews were kept busy Sunday battling two fires in the city's North End.
The first blaze broke out around 5 p.m. in a two-storey home in the 200 block of Andrews Street.
Smoke was pouring from the building when crews arrived at the scene. One person was trapped on the upper floor. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the person from a second-storey window. All other occupants were able to safely self-evacuate before crews arrived. No injuries were reported.
About an hour later, crews responded to a second fire in a vacant two-storey home in the 400 block of Elgin Avenue.
Heavy smoke was seen coming from the house when crews arrived. Firefighters initially launched an interior fire attack, but due to deteriorating conditions, they were forced to exit the house and fight the fire from outside. Once conditions improved, they were able to re-enter the house to extinguish the fire fully.
Firefighters completed a search of the house and did not locate any occupants. No injuries were reported.
The cause of both fires remains under investigation.
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