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Arson investigators probe Fort Rouge fire

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This article was published 2/6/2010 (3426 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG — Police are investigating the possibility that arson was involved in a fire that destroyed a house under constrcution and damaged two others on Dudley Avenue this morning.

The fire began at about 3 a.m. in an unfinished home at 801 Dudley Avenue, near Lilac Street. It then spread to two other properties.

“Only the foundation, that’s basically it,” said Free Press carrier and neighbour Mary, about what’s left at the site. Mary and her son were up early this morning, getting ready to deliver their papers.

“The new house under construction is across the street and I thought I saw a spotlight on over there at first,” Mary said. “But it turned out to be a fire in the middle of the house.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 2/6/2010 (3426 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The fire also damaged both neighbouring houses.

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The fire also damaged both neighbouring houses.

WINNIPEG —  Police are investigating the possibility that arson was involved in a fire that destroyed a house under constrcution and damaged two others on Dudley Avenue this morning.

The fire began at about 3 a.m. in an unfinished home at 801 Dudley Avenue, near Lilac Street. It then spread to two other properties.

"Only the foundation, that’s basically it," said Free Press carrier and neighbour Mary, about what’s left at the site. Mary and her son were up early this morning, getting ready to deliver their papers.

"The new house under construction is across the street and I thought I saw a spotlight on over there at first," Mary said. "But it turned out to be a fire in the middle of the house.

"By the time I called 911, it was totally inundated. By the time the engines got here, the two stories were totally engulfed. The house at 803 (Dudley) is very close to the construction and there was just enough wind to blow it next door (to 797), too."

Mary said the neighbours evacuated quickly.

"The fellow at 803, he was upstairs but he got out OK," Mary said. "At 797, they’ve got a dog, too, but they’re alright. I just wish I’d seen something before anything had happened."

A fire department spokesman said this morning that only one minor injury was suffered at the fire: a female suffered minor burns to her arm but did not need hospitalization.

"We’re certainly very concerned about the incident, not only the damage but certainly the safety of everybody in that area," said Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Jason Michalyshen. The arson strike force is investigating.

Total estimated damage to the properties is estimated between $300,000 to $400,000, said police.

Anyone with information on the fires is asked to call 986-6813 or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477.

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 12:34 PM CDT: Updates with information from police.

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