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Arson Strike Force investigates $300,000 fire at stadium

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The Winnipeg Police Service's Arson Strike Force is investigating a $300,000 shed fire at Canada Inns Stadium Tuesday evening.

The fire sent black smoke into the sky over the old stadium at about 7:45 pm. The situation became urgent when firefighters learned there were two 500-gallon tanks of gasoline behind the shed.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were planning to move concert flooring this weekend from its old home at the stadium to its new home at Investors Group field before it was destroyed in the fire Tuesday night.

Team spokesman Darren Cameron said he doesn't have an estimate on the damage yet but "we were fully insured."

"We're in the process of replacing (the concert flooring) as soon as possible," he said.

The flooring was stored in a storage shed on the stadium's southeast grounds that went up in flames shortly after 7:30 p.m. By 8:40 p.m., the shed was completely engulfed in flames and the roof had collapsed.

The blaze burned for about 90 minutes and the smoke that billowed from the shed could be seen as far away as the University of Manitoba.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

 

 

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Updated on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM CDT: adds details

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