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Fire destroys Wellington Crescent mansion

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A recently redesigned Wellington Crescent mansion suffered damage fire officials estimate at $5 million after a massive blaze broke out inside the home before sunrise Sunday morning.

  • A fire fighter surveys the aftermath in the back yard of 1021 Wellington Crescent Monday.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    A fire fighter surveys the aftermath in the back yard of 1021 Wellington Crescent Monday.

  • Investigators at the scene of the fire Monday.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Investigators at the scene of the fire Monday.

  • The aftermath of the fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent is seen on Monday.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    The aftermath of the fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent is seen on Monday.

  • A back-hoe was removing debris from the back of the building Monday to make it safe for investigators to enter.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    A back-hoe was removing debris from the back of the building Monday to make it safe for investigators to enter.

  • Monday morning the fire commissioner was on scene.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    Monday morning the fire commissioner was on scene.

  • The aftermath of 1021 Wellington Crescent after a fire destroyed the million dollar home on Sunday.

    Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press

    The aftermath of 1021 Wellington Crescent after a fire destroyed the million dollar home on Sunday.

  • Smoke is seen from the other side of the Assiniboine River at a fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent Sunday afternoon.

    Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    Smoke is seen from the other side of the Assiniboine River at a fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent Sunday afternoon.

  • Fire officials estimate damage to the home at $5 million.

    Daren Jorgenson

    Fire officials estimate damage to the home at $5 million.

  • Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    "We're very much shaken right now," the home's owner, Karl Dornetshuber, said in a brief telephone interview from Edmonton, where he, his wife and children were this weekend for a trip.

  • The home was completely renovated in 2009 and

    Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    The home was completely renovated in 2009 and "thoroughly modernized" on the inside, according to an online design profile from Winnipeg-based Syverson Monteyne Architecture.

  • The mansion, given its stately history, has made the news several times over the last decade. In September 2004, it was featured in the Free Press when it landed on the market for $1.9 million -- $200,000 more than any other home had previously sold for in the province.

    Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    The mansion, given its stately history, has made the news several times over the last decade. In September 2004, it was featured in the Free Press when it landed on the market for $1.9 million -- $200,000 more than any other home had previously sold for in the province.

  • Fire officials have not yet released a cause for the blaze, which started around 6 a.m. Sunday.

    Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    Fire officials have not yet released a cause for the blaze, which started around 6 a.m. Sunday.

  • The home has through the years been owned by some of the most wealthy of Winnipeg's citizens, families with the names of Sures, Smith, Peterson, Halter, Sifton and Asper

    Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press

    The home has through the years been owned by some of the most wealthy of Winnipeg's citizens, families with the names of Sures, Smith, Peterson, Halter, Sifton and Asper

  • Firefighters work on extinguishing hotspots Sunday.

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    Firefighters work on extinguishing hotspots Sunday.

  • 1021 Wellington Cres. as it appeared before renovations in 2009.

    1021 Wellington Cres. as it appeared before renovations in 2009.

  •  Firefighters work on extinguishing hotspots in a fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent in Winnipeg Sunday, February 16, 2014.

    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press

    Firefighters work on extinguishing hotspots in a fire at 1021 Wellington Crescent in Winnipeg Sunday, February 16, 2014.

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