Arson charges laid in Winnipeg apartment building fire

A 45-year-old man has been charged in connection with an apartment fire in Winnipeg that forced 14 people to escape.

Fire started in living room of suite on top floor and caused $500,000 in damage, officials say

Firefighters clean up after an early morning fire at an apartment building on McGee Street on Wednesday. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

A 45-year-old man has been charged in connection with an apartment fire in Winnipeg that forced 14 people to escape.

The charges include:

  • arson with disregard for human life,
  • arson causing damage to property, and
  • possession of incendiary material.

Firefighters were called to the three-storey building on McGee Street, just north of Sargent Avenue, around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The fire started in the living room of a suite on the top floor, fire officials said. The blaze caused $500,000 damage, they said.

There were no injuries.

The 45-year-old man, who was arrested at the scene, remains in police custody.