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Downed power lines blamed for Winnipeg fires

The city says downed power lines are the likely cause of two fires in the Burrows-Keewatin area Thursday.
The city says downed power lines are the likely cause of two fires in the Burrows-Keewatin area Thursday. File / Global News

Power lines knocked over during Thursday’s blast of winter weather are being blamed for a pair of fires in the Burrows-Keewatin neighbourhood.

Crews were called to the first blaze in a garage in the 1500 block of Magnus Avenue around 10:30 a.m.

A few minutes later, firefighters were called to the second fire, this time in a single-family home in the 1600 block of Pritchard Avenue.

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Both fires were under control within 45 minutes and no injuries were reported.

The city says in both cases downed power lines had fallen on the buildings.

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