As many as 24 residents have been displaced after crews battled half a dozen Winnipeg fires in what the chief calls a busier than normal weekend.

Two homes, an apartment complex, a fast-food restaurant, fitness centre and a car all went up in flames between Friday night and Monday morning.


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None appear to be connected or share a common cause, according to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Chief John Lane.

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“It’s just…a coincidence that a number of them happened together at the same time,” Lane said.


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However, the chief said the cold weather made the fires much more challenging to fight.

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“There’s actually more oxygen to support combustion,” he explained. “It means fires can catch more easily, they can burn faster and hotter.”


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While the total number of fires in February appear to be on par with years past, January fires, however, appear to be on the rise.

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In 2017, there were a total of 76 fires in in the first month of the year. That number jumped to 94 the following year. Just last month, firefighters were called to 113 blazes.

 

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More than 20 displaced in unusually busy weekend for Winnipeg firefighters

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