Manitoba

Lenore grass fire put residents on alert

An afternoon grass fire put residents of Lenore, Man., on alert Thursday, with at least one family having to leave their home.

Grass fire started by welder's spark

A fire in Lenore, Man., destroyed three abandoned residences and damaged another home on Thursday afternoon. It has also created a lot of smoke in the area, according to police. (Virden RCMP)

An afternoon grass fire put residents of Lenore, Man., on alert Thursday, with at least one family having to leave their home.

The blaze destroyed a wood shop, an abandoned house trailer and two abandoned houses in Lenore, a community located 30 kilometres northeast of Virden in southwestern Manitoba.

It also damaged another home in the community, police said in a news release.

The fire began around 2:30 p.m. CT at a farm near Lenore, but it spread so quickly that three nearby fire departments were called in to help.

Virden RCMP say they were dispatched to help with evacuation efforts in the community.

One family required help leaving their home, while about a dozen residents were put on alert as firefighters battled the flames, the CBC's Nelly Gonzalez reported from Lenore.

"Black smoke was coming from this house over here, it got burned down, and the trailer got burned down, and another house got burnt," resident Margaret McMurachy told CBC News.

Residents said the grass fire may have been started by a farmer who was welding at the time.

RCMP confirmed that the blaze was started by a welder's spark. The fire is not considered to be suspicious, but it is under investigation.

The blaze is now under control despite strong winds, but there is a lot of smoke in the area, they added.

With files from the CBC's Nelly Gonzalez

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