WINNIPEG, MB. - An argument over $10 is believed to be the reason a 17-year-old Winnipeg female set a home on fire.
Friday, December 29th, around 7:20 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a fire at a home in the 200 block of Pritchard Avenue.
The cause of the fire was suspicious and an investigation was immediately launched.
Police quickly identified a suspect and, in a release, said they have charged a 17-year-old female from Winnipeg with the following:
- Break Enter & Commit Arson - Dwelling House
- Arson Causing Damage to Property
- Arson with Disregard for Human Life (x5)
- Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm
- Fail to Comply with Sentence (x2)
Police also said that they now believe that the incident began when 3 people in a suite at this home were consuming alcohol and using methamphetamine.
A fight then arose over a $10 payment and one person was subsequently removed from the home.
The ejected person broke a large window and returned, threatening retaliation at which time a fire was deliberately set.
As a result, the entire house, including rooms occupied by 3 other tenants, was completely engulfed in flames. All of the individuals were able to escape the structure without significant injuries. The house was completely destroyed by the blaze.
Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post