Fire causes $1M in damage at Hudson Bay Rail yard in The Pas

Police believe arson is to blame for a fire that caused an estimated $1million in damage Monday at the Hudson Bay Rail yard in The Pas, Man.

OmniTrax offers $5K reward for information; investigators believe arson to blame

RCMP believe a fire at this Hudson Bay Rail yard in The Pas caused $1 million in damages. (RCMP)

Arson is being blamed as the cause of a rail yard fire that led to $1 million in damage earlier this week.

RCMP responded Monday at 5:40 a.m. to the Hudson Bay Rail yard in The Pas, 520 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, after reports of a fire.

A stack of railway ties were intentionally lit on fire, RCMP said.

Denver-based OminTrax owns the rail line and is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

"We were very troubled by this terrible act and are eager to assist in any way possible with the investigation to ensure not only HBR but the greater community can rest easier knowing the perpetrator of this act are held responsible for their actions," Merv Tweed, president of OmniTrax Canada, said in a statement.

Arlen Dumas, chief of nearby Mathias Colomb First Nation, called the blaze "very troubling."

"There were no injuries associated with the fire, but the fire will lead to impacts on all the people dependant on the line," Dumas said in a statement.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact local RCMP at 204-627-6204, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Plumes of smoke shoot up from the rail yard fire early Monday morning. (RCMP)