Winnipeg Police Make Arrest in Warehouse Fire

Warehouse Fire Suspect Arrested

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Police Service says they’ve arrested a 21-year-old Winnipeg woman after a massive fire at a Point Douglas warehouse sent a firefighter to hospital.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service dispatched around 100 firefighters and 33 different emergency vehicles to fight the blaze at an industrial building near the corner of Point Douglas Ave. and Higgins Ave just after 11 on Tuesday morning. Crews worked all through the night, and the WFPS initially said it could have taken days to fully put the fire out.

The Winnipeg Police Service says the empty warehouse, part of a long-time industrial complex owned by soap manufacturer Gateway Industries, was set deliberately. The WFPS says they had to battle the blaze from outside the building after the roof collapsed, and they believe the building is now a total loss. Ten homes had to be evacuated as a precaution.

Investigators say they arrested a suspect in the Elmwood area, just across the Red River from the warehouse, and she's facing charges of arson causing damage to property and two counts of mischief under $5,000.

Crews finally extinguished the fire Wednesday morning, but are expected to stick around for most of the day to put out hot spots.

Winnipeg Police Arrest Suspect in Point Douglas Warehouse Fire
The WFPS dispatched 33 emergency vehicles to the scene, along with about 100 firefighters.

Winnipeg Police Make Arrest in Warehouse Fire
The warehouse as seen before Tuesday's fire. There have been several previous fires on the property.

Winnipeg Police Arrest Suspect in Point Douglas Warehouse Fire
Both directions of Higgins Ave. were closed at Point Douglas Ave. The road is now open as of early Wednesday morning.

TOPICS:   Winnipeg News   Winnipeg Crime

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