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Fire guts Elmwood home

There were no injuries in a fire that gutted a modest Elmwood home Sunday.

Fire, ambulance and police personnel were called to the 300 block of Harbison Avenue just before 4 p.m., said the fire department incident commander on the scene.

"The fire started in an upstairs bedroom in a 11/2-storey house," said Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service spokesman Tom Mulvenna.

One person was in the house at the time but made it outside without injury, said Mulvenna. The incident commander said paramedics checked him out at the scene.

"He was OK."

A man who identified himself as the owner of the house said the fire started upstairs.

"The fire started with a lamp upstairs," said the man, who gave his name as Peter.

He appeared to be visibly shaken and nearly collapsed in front of the home, slumping down into a snowbank, next to a heap of burned-out insulation and charred wood torn from the inside walls of the small house.

The fire department estimated damage at $80,000 to the structure and another $40,000 to contents. There was no word on the cause of the fire.

 

Slaying in Macdonald

A 59-year-old man is the victim of a homicide that took place early Friday in the RM of Macdonald, RCMP said Sunday.

Police were called to a residence just after midnight Friday. Members of the Headingley RCMP, serious crime unit and forensic identification unit are all involved in the investigation.

No arrests have been made.

No other details are being released at this time.

 

Beer vendor robbed

Police are on the lookout for a suspect in an armed robbery Saturday at the Lincoln Motor Hotel on McPhillips Street.

Police say a Caucasian man in his 20s armed with a weapon demanded cash from the hotel's beer vendor at about noon. The robber fled the hotel in a dark red Pontiac, police said. Police said the man had a medium build.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 10, 2014 A5

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