Arson suspected in Cross Lake structure fire, RCMP say

RCMP are investigating an early morning fire that caused extensive damage to a building in Cross Lake First Nation Thursday.

Police say a security guard was doing patrols in a residential development area of the community, roughly 529 kilometres north of Winnipeg, when he noticed smoke coming from a nearby building around 5:45 a.m.

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Crews were eventually able to put the fire out, but police say the building suffered extensive damage in the blaze.

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Police say the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but arson is suspected.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Cross Lake RCMP at 204-676-2600 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

RCMP continue to investigate along with the office of the fire commissioner.

A security guard first noticed the fire around 5:45 a.m. Thursday.

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