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Firefighters are battling a blaze at a business in the St. Boniface industrial area.

Traffic is backed up on Marion Street heading east, and Marion has been closed to traffic driving westbound off Lagimodiere. The fire is at Friendly Family Farms, an oil seed processing facility on Dawson Road North. Thick black smoke has billowed into the east Winnipeg sky, and can be seen from downtown and outside city limits.

Barb Silva works nearby. She said her office became aware of the fire when someone called to ask if it was happening at their building.

“We didn’t know what they were talking about so we walked out and then all we saw was this huge amount of flames and black smoke just covering the sky, and then the fire trucks started arriving... and arriving,” said Silva.

Reports say one person, an employee, was treated for smoke inhalation.

The City of Winnipeg says 22 apparatus are on scene, and an aerial drone.