Manitoba

Winnipeg garage fires under investigation

Winnipeg police are looking into a string of suspicious garage fires that happened on one street early Sunday morning.
The remains of one garage that was destroyed by a fire along Manitoba Avenue early Sunday morning. (Neil Carleton/CBC)

Winnipeg police are looking into a string of suspicious garage fires that happened on one street early Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called late Saturday night to another garage fire on the 600 block of St. Matthews Avenue. (Neil Carleton/CBC)

Firefighters were called at around 2:30 a.m. CT to four garage fires on the 700 and 800 blocks of Manitoba Avenue.

In one case, the entire garage was ablaze by the time crews arrived, and a car parked in the neighbouring driveway was also damaged.

Resident Miles McMullen said the fire in his garage has him worried about safety.

"I mean, it could be lives one time, period. It's just ridiculous," he said.

"Like, what enjoyment do you get out of burning someone's garage down?"

Damage estimates range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Police said its Arson Strike Force is investigating what may have caused the Manitoba Avenue garage fires. They are asking anyone with information to call Winnipeg Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

Fire crews were also called just before 11 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of St. Matthews Avenue, where a fire completely destroyed a garage and a car parked inside.

Total estimated damage from that fire is $20,000, according to fire officials.

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