Vacant Windsor Hotel in downtown Winnipeg damaged irreparably in fire

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen from blocks away as the 120-year-old Windsor Hotel in downtown Winnipeg went up in flames Wednesday morning.


Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire at the now-vacant hotel, on Garry Street near St. Mary Avenue, around 10:50 a.m., according to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service platoon chief Brent Cheater, as reported by CBC News.

We were presented with a pretty daunting fire in a building that’s highly combustible,” he told reporters near the hotel on Wednesday afternoon, adding that there were fires on all three floors of the building when crews arrived.

Cheater could not confirm whether anyone was in the hotel during the fire but said the building should have been vacant and no injuries have been reported. An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, but the building’s collapse will make that much more difficult.

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