WINNIPEG — A man is facing charges after barricading himself inside a residential suite and setting fire to the building.
Emergency crews responded to the fire inside a two-storey unit in the 700 block of Sargent Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Tenants told police the occupant was possibly armed with a weapon and had barricaded himself inside the suite.
Police were able to breach the barricade and enter the basement suite. They found the suspect armed with a pipe and ordered him to drop the weapon. He was safely taken into custody.
Police say about a dozen residents were evacuated and provided shelter on a Winnipeg Transit bus.
Four officers were treated for smoke inhalation and the suspect was taken to hospital in stable condition for precautionary measures.
A man in his 60s is facing charges of arson with disregard for human life. He remains in custody.