Winnipeg police have arrested a woman after a fire at a warehouse in Point Douglas was deliberately set on Tuesday.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., the Winnipeg Fire Parademic Service (WFPS) responded to reports of widespread fire at a vacant warehouse in the first one hundred block of Point Douglas Avenue. As the structure’s integrity was unstable, the roof collapsed, making WFPS efforts extremely dangerous to access hotspots.
The battle against the blaze progressed over the day and throughout the night. The smouldering fire was successfully extinguished early this morning. Around 100 WFPS members were involved in the fire fight.
The fire caused around ten nearby homes to be evacuated, and the residents were provided temporary accommodations. Police closed Higgins from Sutherland Avenue to Annabella Street. The road wasn’t reopened again until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Black smoke from the fire could be seen across several neighbourhoods in the city.
The fire was so large at one point that satellite radar detected the heat from the flames and smoke.
The WFPS says one firefighter was injured at the scene through the night. They were assessed by on-scene paramedics but did not require transport to hospital.
According to police, a witness spotted a female leaving from the scene of the fire and she was arrested in Elmwood.
The fire remains under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.
A 21-year-old Winnipeg woman is charged with arson causing damage to property and two counts of mischief under $5,000.
Watch: Winnipeg firefighters battle large warehouse fire