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Multiple fire departments battle Blumenort blaze overnight

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A huge warehouse fire forced some residents in the Blumenort area out of their homes overnight.

 

The fire occurred at Steve's Livestock Transport at approximately 2 a.m. Steinbach RCMP and emergency personnel were dispatched to a commercial property fire in the small Manitoba town. Upon arrival, crews discovered a huge fire affecting a warehouse, multiple storeys in height.

Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Kleefeld fire departments all worked to contain the blaze. RCMP evacuated nearby homes as a precaution. The residents have since been allowed to return to their dwellings.

"Everyone's OK. No one was hurt so that's all good news," said Bill Rempel, vice-president of operations.

The building, constructed only a year ago, contained a number of trucks.

All is completely destroyed.

The fire did not spread to any nearby buildings.

"It won't have huge impact on us and by Monday we'll be back to regular business," he said.

"We have a group of people here now working to replace the units lost, and we're confident there will be no major interruptions for our customers."

The firm hauls livestock throughout Manitoba and into Saskatchewan and Alberta, Rempel said.

There were no injuries. The building and contents are a complete loss. Damage estimates are in the millions.

The investigation continues.

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Updated on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM CST: Updates with quotes from Bill Rempel

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