On November 23, around 1:00 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service were flagged down by a passerby who reported an active fire at a multi-unit residence in the Dufferin area.
According to Patrol members, they attended and observed two adult females self-evacuating the residence and quickly assisted in the rescue of two additional adults. During the evacuation, officers also learned a a family pet, a dog, remained trapped within the burning building.
Without hesitation, officers entered the residence, located and safely removed the dog. One officer sustained a minor dog bite injury and later attended hospital to receive medical treatment. All other involved parties, including the dog, suffered no injuries from the fire.
The efforts of the Winnipeg Police Service were complemented by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, who effectively brought the fire under control.
The Winnipeg Police Service has clarified that they are not treating the incident as a criminal incident.