WINNIPEG — An apartment complex under construction in south Winnipeg was destroyed Thursday morning after fire and explosions levelled the building.
South Pointe Terrace at the corner of Waverley Street and John Angus Drive was engulfed in flames by around 2:20 a.m.
Area residents heard several loud explosions coming from the site, which is to be a 320,000-square-foot month-by-month luxury apartment block. Three separate buildings are planned for the site. Only one of them was half built at the time of the fire.
Deputy fire chief Wally Hergesheimer says the complex was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived on scene. No one was injured in the fire.
Broadstreet Properties, the developer of the four-storey wood-frame building, says on its website the complex was to open next summer.
Winnipeg police say damage is estimated at $3.5 million.
UPDATE: Investigators say the fire is considered suspicious in nature.
Scary incident in south #Winnipeg. Thank you to our first responders, Winnipeg Fire Fighters, and @wpgpolice. #fire pic.twitter.com/Ii6gSdWZLi
— Darius MaharajHunter (@dbmhunter) October 22, 2015
Anyone know what’s on fire south of Winnipeg? I can see it from Ile des Chenes? — Sam (@fishngwithgrace) October 22, 2015
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