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The barn roof starts to collapse in Friday's fire.

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The barn roof starts to collapse in Friday's fire.

Girls charged in barn fire

TWO girls have been arrested following a barn fire north of Souris Friday evening.

Police and emergency-services personnel were called to a barn fire in the RM of Glenwood, about seven kilometres north of Souris, about 7:30 p.m. Friday, the RCMP said in a press release.

When they arrived, the barn, which housed a combine, was engulfed in flames, police said.

The building and equipment were destroyed. The RCMP said a damage estimate is not available. There were no injuries.

Souris RCMP arrested two female youths from the RM of Glenwood. They face charges of mischief and have been released to their guardians on a promise to appear in court in Brandon June 10.

 

Woman held in three holdups

A 35-year-old woman who police say tried to rob the same gas bar twice in two days has been charged with three counts of robbery.

Police said a woman went to the kiosk of a gas bar in the 700 block of Watt Street Friday at 4 p.m. and demanded cash from the 20-year-old employee. She fled with cash, cigarettes and merchandise.

On Saturday at 7:30 a.m., the suspect returned to the same gas bar and attempted to conceal her identity. The same employee was working and recognized her as the robber from the day before, locked the door and called police. The suspect fled.

At 7:45 a.m. Saturday, police got a call a woman trying to conceal her identity robbed a gas bar in the 1400 block of Henderson Highway.

She fled in a vehicle located in the area of Grey Street and Talbot Avenue, police said. A woman was taken into custody.

Stacey Waldner of Winnipeg faces several charges and remains in custody.

 

Penthouse fire damage $500,000

THE cause of a penthouse fire on Smith Street on Saturday is being investigated.

There were no injuries in the fire. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service answered a call to 134 Smith St. just before 7:15 p.m. Friday. The fire in the 22-storey highrise caused $500,000 in damage.

Winnipeg firefighters said the fire started in a bedroom of the two-storey penthouse. There was smoke, fire and water damage to the suite below and smoke damage throughout the penthouse.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 12, 2014 A5

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