UPDATE – Portage RCMP make arrest in suspicious fire investigation

On March 2, at approximately 3:10 a.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a house fire on Third Street NW in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

 

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When officers arrived on scene, the house was completely engulfed in flames.

The building was a multi-unit structure, with several units housing different families. It was believed by those on scene that all occupants had been evacuated safely, and when the fire was put out more than three hours later and a search of the premises could be conducted, that was confirmed.

Initial investigation has determined the fire started on the porch of the building, which was previously observed to contain a large amount of garbage. At this time, investigators believe the fire is suspicious. 

On March 2, 2021, Portage la Prairie RCMP arrested a 24-year-old female from Portage on charges of Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Uttering Threats, and Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling. This female was known to have been at the residence that was on fire on 3rd Street NW, so while she was in custody, police questioned her about the fire.

Investigators were able to determine she started the fire by igniting items on the porch of the home. She remains in custody and is now also charged with Arson with Disregard for Human Life and Arson with Damage to Property.

Police will not be naming the suspect as there are concerns for her safety.

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