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Woman dead after fire in trailer park in Île-des-Chênes, Man.

A 52-year-old woman is dead after a fatal fire in a trailer park in Île-des-Chênes, Man.

Blaze started around 6 a.m., fire chief says

A woman died in a fire in Île-des-Chênes this morning. (Wendy Buelow/CBC)

A 52-year-old woman is dead after a fire in a trailer park in Île-des-Chênes, Man.

Fire officials in Ritchot say the blaze started around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Steven Penner was getting his car ready for work shortly before the fire broke out.

He said he started his car around 5:50 a.m., went inside, came back to his car and the trailer was engulfed.

"I heard this, like it sounded like a torch, and it was blowing into the house," Penner told CBC.

Penner said he called 911 and woke up his neighbours.

He said the woman who died in the fire was a very nice neighbour.

"I knew she liked to go for walks and stuff and she always said 'good morning' and said 'hi.' She was friendly," he said.

Ritchot Fire Chief Scott Weir said the fire was contained to one building in the trailer park.

Officials are investigating, he said.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Fire Commissioner said the woman was 52 years old. 

Île-des-Chênes is about 22 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

with files by Courtney Rutherford