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This article was published 27/12/2016 (1315 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A woman is dead and the fire commissioner's office is investigating after an early morning trailer park fire in Île-des-Chênes, Man.
Ritchot volunteer fire department chief Scott Weir said the fire started shortly after 6 a.m., claiming the life of a woman believed to be in her 60s. There were no other reported injuries, he said.
Fire departments from the RMs of Ritchot and Tache responded, bringing about 25 firefighters to the scene to extinguish the blaze. Crews remained on scene for several hours Tuesday morning.
"In these small towns, everybody knows everybody, so it's pretty devastating (for those who knew the deceased)," he said.
"Anytime there's a fatality, or a house fire with no fatalities, it's tragic and it's very trying for whoever's involved. A fatality is just the absolute worst case scenario."
Weir said a cause of the fire hasn't been determined as the fire commissioner's office continues its investigation.
Île-des-Chênes is about 28 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.
Updated on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 7:31 PM CST: Updates distance
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