Fire causes $85K damage to vacant North End home

Fire crews battled a house fire on Pritchard Avenue near Arlington Street after police called in the blaze early Monday morning.

Blaze burns roof at back of house on Pritchard Avenue near Arlington Street

Fire officials inspect the back of a home on Pritchard Avenue. A charred hole in the roof can be seen after a fire Monday morning. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

Fire crews battled a blaze in a vacant home on Pritchard Avenue near Arlington Street early Monday morning.

Crews were called to the home in Winnipeg's North End at about 5 a.m.

District fire Chief Robert Lentowich said the blaze started at the back of the house and spread to the second floor. Smoke damage and a charred hole in the roof were visible at the back of the house.

Pritchard was blocked to traffic at McKenzie Street while crews remained at the scene.

Firefighters work at the front of the home. (Meaghan Ketcheson/CBC)

No one appeared to be in the house at the time of the fire, Lentowich said.

The home was vacant, Lentowich said, but the basement lights were on when crews arrived.

Damage is estimated at $85,000, he said.

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With files from Meaghan Ketcheson