Manslaughter charges laid in bathhouse fire
A 25-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged in connection with a bathhouse fire that killed two men earlier this month.
Justin James Rosdobutko was arrested Tuesday night at a Winnipeg business and is in police custody. He has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, police said Wednesday.
Steven Yablonski, 23, of Winnipeg and Robert Clark, 62, of Saskatchewan, died of smoke inhalation in the Oct. 11 blaze at Aquarius Bath House on Notre Dame Avenue in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said it doesn't appear the two men who died were targeted and there is also no indication the fire — which was called arson by police on Oct. 20 — was a hate crime.
Michalyshen said Rosdobutko was at the bathhouse with a companion the morning of the fire but that other person has not been charged.
The fire broke out at 7 a.m. on the second floor of the 12,000-square-foot facility. It caused about $500,000 in damage to the building and its contents, fire officials have said.