Manitoba

450 homes get anti-arson cleanup order

About 450 Winnipeggers have been told to clean up back lane garbage that may attract arsonists as a fire safety audit by the Winnipeg Fire Department continues.
Building materials, such as those set ablaze in the Sturgeon Heights Community Centre, are a prime target for thrill-seeking arsonists, officials say. (CBC)

About 450 Winnipeggers have been told to clean up back lane garbage that may attract arsonists as a fire safety audit by the Winnipeg Fire Department continues.

Winnipeg began the fire safety audit after a series of back lane arsons across the city this summer.

Garbage is also a concern on almost 200 city-owned properties, officials say. But the city says it plans to clean up those properties itself.

Fire crews have also identified 17 commercial properties, including apartment buildings and rooming houses, that have serious garbage problems. Those properties will come under the scrutiny of a full safety review by fire prevention officers.