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Wind exacerbates structure fire

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Last Wednesday afternoon (May 27) the Minitonas Fire Department was called to a property on George Street, in the north west corner of the town, after reports of a garage and outbuildings being fully engulfed in flames.
Battling wind gusts of approximately 75 kilometres per hour, the department – with the mutual aid of the Swan River Fire Department – were able to get the blaze under control.
“We got the call at 12:35 p.m.,” said Minitonas Fire Department Fire Chief Ken Malley. “There were a number of obstacles that hampered the process of extinguishing the fire and a number of explosions coming from the shop when we first arrived on scene.
“On top of the large amount of old vehicles, there was a west wind that blew the fire right from the shop back into the wooded area and to about 100 metres from the river at the east.”
A house on the property was not damaged in the blaze, largely due to the wind that kept the fire moving in a straight line and not spreading to the north or south.
“It took approximately 20 firefighters from both the departments nearly four hours on scene to get it extinguished.
“We monitored the scene through the evening and into the night to ensure the smoldering remains did not reignite,” said Malley.
The cause of the blaze was not known at press time. Wind exacerbates structure fire