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Warehouse fire forces evacuation, causes millions worth of damage

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

The fire occurred at Steve's Livestock Transport at about 2 a.m. Steinbach RCMP and emergency personnel were dispatched to the fire in the small Manitoba town. Upon arrival, they discovered a huge fire in a warehouse.

Steinbach, Ste. Anne and Kleefeld fire departments worked to contain the blaze. The RCMP evacuated nearby homes as a precaution. The residents were allowed to return soon after the danger subsided.

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

The building, built only a year ago, contained a number of trucks, all completely destroyed. The fire did not spread to nearby buildings.

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

Damage estimates are in the millions.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner is investigating the cause of the fire.

Two charged in three heists

TWO people are facing numerous charges after robberies Thursday night.

About 8 p.m., a man and woman forced their way into a home in the 300 block of Enfield Crescent. The man, armed with a weapon, threatened a 52-year-old man. A struggle ensued and the suspects fled the scene. The 52-year-old was treated for minor injuries.

About 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Machray Avenue, a 55-year-old woman was robbed.

Fifteen minutes later, police received a report two people entered a residence in the 600 block of Anderson Avenue and stole personal property, including a credit card belonging to a 63-year-old woman.

The pair used the stolen credit card in the Polo Park area soon after.

David Joyal, 31, and Tyrenne Thomas, 23, face several charges and are in custody at the Remand Centre.

Three men sought in two robberies

WINNIPEG police are seeking three men in a pair of robberies in the North End Friday night.

The first occurred in the 1000 block of Main Street about 7 p.m., when a man entered the store and stole undisclosed amount of liquor. It's believed he was armed. There were no injuries.

The perpetrator is described as aboriginal in appearance, about 20 years old, between 5-8 and 5-10 and weighing 150 pounds.

About 8:30 p.m., a convenience store in the 300 block of Manitoba Avenue was robbed.

Two armed men entered and confronted a female employee. A male employee was alerted to the situation and a brief struggle ensued.

The two suspects, described as 18 to 25 years old, one being aboriginal in appearance, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Neither store employee was injured in the robbery.

Anyone with any information on either robbery is asked to contact police at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2014 0

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