THIS wasn't in the plan for demolishing Canad Inns Stadium.
A burning shed on the south end of the stadium property Tuesday evening sent smoke billowing into the air. It could be seen as far away as the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus, site of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' new home, Investors Group Field.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m. They had to use chainsaws to cut through the metal fence. When they got inside, however, they discovered a pair of 2,273-litre fuel tanks in the vicinity of the shed.
District Chief Chuck Jonasson immediately pulled his firefighters back while hoses were turned on the tanks to keep them cool.
"There was no life hazard and I wanted to keep it that way. The tanks weren't affected by the fire," Jonasson said.
The shed was full of turf and plastic to cover the field. The latter was likely what created the noxious smell that filled the air around Polo Park shopping centre.
Firefighters attacked the blaze from a ladder truck and a couple of pumpers on the ground. Jonasson said it's too early to tell what caused the blaze or the dollar value of the damage, but the shed is a complete loss.
After 90 minutes, the fire was essentially out and Jonasson declined to have another crew come to the scene.
Moviegoers at Silver City Polo Park were prevented from using the multiplex's north exit as police blocked off Maroons Road.