Winnipeg teen charged with 4 counts of arson

Winnipeg police have arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy with arson and alcohol theft following a series of fires early Friday morning. File / Global News

Winnipeg police have charged a local teen with four counts of arson and one count of theft following a series of early morning fires on Friday.

Officers arrested the 16-year-old on Granville Street near the scene of one of four fires that took place in the Point Douglas area between 4:10 and 4:18 a.m., according to police.

Police say the fires happened on Euclid Avenue, Lorne Avenue and Granville Street and were started when two mattresses, a detached garage and a porch chair were set alight.

After the arrest, police said they believe the teenager was also responsible for the theft of alcohol from the Main Street Liquor Mart.

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The teen was previously being investigated following a deadly house fire that claimed the life of an 11 year old girl and her grandmother that took place on Prince Edward Street, according to police.

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Police say the four fires and the blaze at the residence are not connected.

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