From the Daily Graphic of Portage la Prairie Manitoba, Canada
Fire officials say a blaze that caused extensive damage to an historic building in the city's north end late last week was deliberately set.
At about 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Portage la Prairie RCMP and Fire Department responded to a fire at the old Canadian Pacific Railway station on Third Street N.E.
The fire was discovered by a CP Rail track maintenance employee who saw smoke and immediately called 911.
Firefighters noted the attic area of the building, which was built in 1892, was engulfed in flames upon arrival, although they were able to contain the blaze in a short period of time.
About 20 firefighters were initially called to fight the blaze, but only four remained on scene until the investigation wrapped up in the afternoon.
There were no injuries in the fire and a damage estimate was not available by presstime this morning.
An investigator with the Office of the Fire Commissioner was at the scene on Friday and after a joint inquiry with local authorities determined the blaze was deliberately set.
RCMP refused to say what led them to to believe it was an arson.
Darcy Park, a spokeswoman with CP Rail, said railway officials were troubled to learn the fire was not an accident.
"It's disturbing news for us," she said. "This is something we don't see very often, but we will be working very closely with local police and fire officials to find out who set the fire."
The building is used for storage and as a base for local railway employees. It also contains some office space.
Police have no suspects and continue to investigate with the assistance of CP Rail police.
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