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Winnipeg Teen Charged in Children’s Hospital Arson

July 29, 2013 7:01 AM | News

HSC Children's Hospital Hallway

Patients at the Children’s Hospital are wheeled into a hallway after a fire forced the evacuation of part of the building on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (WRHA / HANDOUT)

Winnipeg police have made an arrest in a fire that was set at the Children’s Hospital on March 5.

The $1 million fire was contained mostly to an open construction area, but smoke forced the evacuation of much of the facility, leaving patients in the hallway and some outside while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

A 16-year-old Winnipeg boy has been arrested and charged with two counts of arson and disregard for human life, and two counts of arson causing damage to property. He was released on a promise to appear.

No one was injured in the fire.