Manitoba

Exchange District fire was an accident, officials say

A fire that destroyed two buildings in Winnipeg's Exchange District Thursday morning was caused by an electrical failure in a music store, officials say.

A fire that destroyed two buildings in Winnipeg's Exchange District Thursday morning was caused by an electrical failure in a music store, officials say.

The fire started around 9:30 a.m. CT Thursday shrouding the area around Notre Dame Avenue and Albert Street in smoke.

The fire was ultimately contained to a building in the 100 block of Albert Street. The building was home to two business, the music store and a restaurant.

Officials said Friday the damage was extensive and the total loss was estimated at $630,000. It included the business block and an old home.

Demolition crews tore down what remained of the buildings, for safety reasons, on Thursday after the fire was out.

The office of the fire commissioner and the city's arson strike force investigated and determined the cause of the fire was accidental.