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Manitoba Avenue house fire turns into homicide investigation

The investigation into a suspicious house fire death has turned into a homicide investigation. Police said Wednesday that Hubert Wilson McKay, 63, was the victim.

Police ID Hubert Wilson McKay, 63, as person found dead after blaze that engulfed 2½-storey home

The cause of the fatal fire on Manitoba Avenue hasn't been released. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

The investigation into a suspicious house fire death has turned into a homicide investigation.

On Wednesday, Winnipeg police said Hubert Wilson McKay, 63, was the person found dead inside a Manitoba Avenue home after a fire on Saturday night.

Emergency crews arrived at the flame-engulfed home to find two people had safely escaped. The two were taken to hospital in stable condition.

Investigators found McKay's body and a dead cat inside after the fire.

Initially police treated the death and fire as suspicious but they're now treating McKay's death as a homicide.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

Two people escaped the house fire, but one person and a cat died. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

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