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Fire at north end charity causes $40,000 in losses; might be arson

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Dan Ingalls, the executive director of the charity pegged the loss at  $40,000 and said that police told him they suspect it was arson.

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Dan Ingalls, the executive director of the charity pegged the loss at $40,000 and said that police told him they suspect it was arson.

Lawn care services for clients of SSCOPE were suspended after a fire Thursday at the north end charity which finds work for people with mental health issues.

A platoon chief at Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services confirmed a fire spread from garbage to a shed on the property at 1466 Arlington St.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and no official estimate was released.

Dan Ingalls, the executive director of the charity pegged the loss at $40,000 and said that police told him they suspect it was arson.

Ingalls said police awakened him at 7 a.m. to inform him of the fire.

"They burned the garage door, the canopy and we lost five lawnmowers," Ingalls said by phone.

Ingalls issued a press statement Thursday announcing the fire was a suspected arson and asking for donations to replace five lawn mowers that burned in the blaze.

"Any financial donations would be greatly appreciated and (they) are tax deductible. This has been a really challenging year for us at SSCOPE, so although we have insurance, this fire is a setback for and those we employ who encounter the challenge of mental illnesses," Ingalls said in the statement.

SSCOPE, founded in 1990, stands for exceptional solutions for exceptional people.

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