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Penthouse fire evacuates downtown apartment building

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Winnipeg authorities are investigating a penthouse fire that caused $500,000 damage Friday evening.

Smoke was billowing from the building’s penthouse suite when firefighters arrived around 7:25 p.m. The fire was extinguished within an hour, while surrounding suites were also cleared of residents. There were no injuries.

"They’re just waiting for the smoke to clear out and everybody will be back in," a police spokesman said Friday night.

Firefighters found a fire in a bedroom of the penthouse of the 22-storey building at 134 Smith Street.

There was also smoke, fire and water damage to the suite below along with smoke damage to the penthouse.

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Updated on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM CDT: Updated.

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