McPhillips house fire

McPhillips house fire

A residential fire is always a scary and dangerous thing, people might get hurt or killed, especially children and elderly citizens since they are not able to react fast and evacuate the building by themselves.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is reminding the public to be safe with space heaters after battling a house fire in the 700 block of McPhillips Street early Tuesday, March 12th.

Investigators believe the fire was accidental and caused by the unsafe use of a portable space heater. Crews were called to the scene just before 3 a.m. where they found the residents had left the house and were safe.

Firefighters contained the fire to one area and the residents were able to return for the night.

Fire Chief Mark Reshaur says not enough people have evacuation plans for their own homes.

It is always better to be prepared before anything happen because in a critical situation most people can’t think clearly and make bad decisions. But a trained person, someone who has a plan for the emergency like house fire and other, will most likely to remain calm and just follow the protocol, simply follow the instruction step by step.

Unfortunately, residential fires in Winnipeg happen quite often, but unlike in this case, caused by the electrical problem, many of those fires caused by residents, who in many cases were under drug influence at a time of incidents.

Home fire prevention tips and resources, including information and escape plans for kids, are available on the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service website. Please visit a link below:

https://www.winnipeg.ca/fps/

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