A house went up in flames Wednesday evening north of Steinbach.

Steinbach Fire Chief Kel Toews says shortly before 6 pm, they were called to the fire along Road 38 East, north of Provincial Road 311, one mile west of Giroux.

He notes it was a fully involved fire when crews arrived.

"The flames were coming out of the roof pretty well the length of the building," he reports. 

In fact Toews says, by the time a motorist called in the fire, it was already burning through the roof. 

He notes there was extensive damage to the roof and also a lot of water damage. 

"It's likely a tear down," he says. "I'm pretty sure it's a total loss."

Toews says from what he understands, the bungalow was built in the 1950's and then there was an addition built in the 1980's. 

A burning house north of Steinbach (submitted)Photo credit: Melissa Thiessen

The Fire Chief says crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to any other buildings on the property. 

According to Toews, the scene was largely cleared by 11 pm, although they kept a skeleton crew on site overnight to monitor hotspots. He adds because of the shavings in the attic, the building continues to smoulder. 

The Office of the Fire Commissioner is investigating the cause of the fire. There is no damage estimate at this time. 

According to Toews there was nobody living in the house at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.


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