Wednesday, 23 January 2019

West End Apartment Fires - Help Needed

Earlier this month, there was a sad but familiar headline in the news: fire at a West End apartment block. This time, it was two on the same block.

A coalition of West End organizations are working together to reach out to those who lived in these buildings, assist with rehousing efforts and offer donations of clothing and household goods to help get started again.

 If you were displaced by the fires, stop by Spence Neighbourhood Association at 615 Ellice Ave Tues, Wed, or Thurs 9am-4:30pm to speak with Housing staff or contact SNA's Housing Coordinator: 204-783-5000 ext. 106 or housing@speceneighbourhood.org

 If you would like to donate clothing or household items they can be dropped off at the John Howard Society Building on Ellice. For more information, contact 204-783-5000 ext. 106 or housing@speceneighbourhood.org.

One of the buildings that damaged by fire was Mansfield Court at 626 Ellice Avenue. As of last week, tenants in all but eight suites in the building were allowed to move back in.

Built in 1908 -09, it is one of the earliest remaining landmarks in the neighbourhood. You can read more about its history at my Winnipeg Places post.

The second and more heavily damaged building was the Maryland Apartments at 426 Maryland Street. It was unclear as of last week whether it was salvageable. A second fire in the block certainly did not help matters.

For more about its history see my Winnipeg Places post.

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