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.