Several people are left without a home after a fire engulfed a four-storey apartment building in Brandon, Man. Tuesday evening, but it appears there are no injuries.
Sergeant Kirby Sararas of the Brandon Police Service says that emergency crews were called to a fire in the complex at 1400 Pacific Ave. near the Brandon Vineyard Church around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Sararas says that officers and emergency personnel were able to enter the building when they arrived, knocking on doors and getting residents out.
By 10:30 p.m. the entire building "appears to be fully engulfed in flames," Sararas says. Several fire units responded to the fire to attempt to get it under control.
Large crowds also gathered to watch and the BPS was left to ask people to avoid the area as it was causing unnecessary congestion.
Transit buses and the Salvation Army were brought in to assist those displaced by the fire.
The BPS believes everyone was able to escape the fire uninjured but says the building will still need to be searched to double-check.
There is no word on what caused the fire or damage estimates at this time.
Structure Fire - 1400 Pacific— Brandon Police (@BrandonPolice) September 22, 2021
We would like to request that motorists please avoid driving downtown to look at the fire as it creates unnecessary traffic congestion and could make it difficult for additional emergency crews to attend.https://t.co/OxFZIkzrwO #BDNMB pic.twitter.com/gKf4VgAe0o