Evacuees wait, watch, as overnight fire hits three Winnipeg homes

WINNIPEG — An overnight fire in Winnipeg has destroyed a house under construction and significantly damaged two neighbouring homes that were occupied.

Firefighters were called to the north-end scene around 2:15 a.m. and had the flames under control about 90 minutes later.

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Officials say residents of the two occupied houses got out safely, while people in two additional homes were asked to leave for precautionary reasons.

A total of 14 people were given temporary shelter in a transit bus.

Officials say the house under construction collapsed, while the roofs on the two neighbouring buildings also collapsed due to fire in their attics.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

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