Arrest made in suspicious fire investigation

RCMP carPortage la Prairie RCMP yesterday arrested a 24-year-old Portage woman who allegedly started a March 2 fire at a 3 St. NW residence.

Police say they will not name the woman to protect her identity “as there are concerns for her safety.”

The woman is so far charged with arson, disregard for human life, arson with damage to property, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats, and being unlawfully in a dwelling.

In a press release, police say “this female was known to have been at the residence that was on fire on 3 Street NW.” While she was in custody, police questioned her about the fire.

Police say investigators were able to determine the woman started the fire by igniting items on the porch of the home. She remains in custody.

At approximately 3:10 a.m. on March 2, RCMP responded to a house fire on 3 St. NW to find the residence completely engulfed in flames. The building was a multi-unit structure housing several 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.”

The investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

If you have information, please call Portage RCMP at 204-857-4445, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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