Discarded smoking material was the cause of a Monday fire on Whitby Crescent, the Office of the Fire Commissioner has determined.
Flames were through the roof of the house when Steinbach Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Fire Chief Kel Toews said the upstairs tenants escaped without injuries while the downstairs tenants weren’t home.
The home was a total loss with damage pegged at about $500,000 according to the Office of the Fire Commissioner.
They refused to explain how the smoking material was discarded and how it caused the fire.
Houses on either side also sustained damage including melted siding.