Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Cause of electrical fire still unclear: Hydro

  • Print
Emergency crews block traffic in both directions near Main and Higgins after power lines caught fire beneath the street.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES Enlarge Image

Emergency crews block traffic in both directions near Main and Higgins after power lines caught fire beneath the street. Photo Store

The cause of the underground electrical fire near Higgins Avenue and Main Street on Saturday is still being determined, said Manitoba Hydro spokeswoman Andrea Gruber on Sunday.

The incident caused a power outage for 1,400 customers in the area and an evacuation of the Bell Hotel.

Gruber said Hydro crews, firefighters and police closed off the intersection of Higgins and Main just before 4 p.m. Saturday when a manhole lid blew off the street near the Bell Hotel. Steam rose from the ground where the lid blew off. Gruber said this was caused by burning power lines below ground. Hydro crews are still investigating why the power lines began to burn.

The Bell Hotel at 662 Main St. was evacuated as smoke began to enter the building. Police said there were toxic gases in the air, including carbon monoxide, and so they evacuated the hotel residents on Transit buses. They were taken care of by Social Services, then let back into the Bell Hotel once the power was restored, said Gruber.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

On the job with sea lion researchers

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  070527 The 21st Annual Teddy Bears' Picnic at Assiniboine Park. The Orlan Ukrainian Dancers perform on stage.
  • Winnipeg’s best friend the dragon fly takes a break at English Gardens in Assiniboine Park Wednesday- A dragon fly can eat  food equal to its own weight in 30 minutes-Standup photo- June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

How would you vote on the Tories' upcoming non-confidence motion?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google