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Arson suspected in fire that destroyed Eriksdale store

The aftermath of the fire. Facebook / Leana Brandstrom Smith

A fire in Eriksdale, Man., has destroyed the community’s McMunn & Yates building supply store.

Officials from the Rural Municipality of West Interlake told 680 CJOB Thursday morning that the call came in around 4:30 a.m., and was attended by firefighters from Eriksdale, Ashern, Lundar and Moosehorn.

No injuries were reported, but the building, which was located on Eriksdale’s Main Street, is a total loss and what’s left will be torn down, according to Courtney Roehl, the municipality’s CAO.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner was on scene Thursday afternoon and assisting with the investigation. No word on the cause of the fire is currently available, but arson is suspected.

The blaze has impacted other parts of the community, including causing the temporary closure of the area’s coronavirus testing site, located nearby.

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Eriksdale is a community near the eastern shore of Lake Manitoba with a population of under 1,000 people.

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