West St. Paul house destroyed by fire on Thursday morning: Manitoba RCMP

A house in the rural municipality of West St. Paul was completely destroyed after it was engulfed in flames on Thursday morning, Manitoba RCMP say.

The fire was reported just before noon, RCMP spokesperson Julie Courchaine told CBC. The West St. Paul Fire Department, emergency medical services and RCMP responded to the fire, she said in an email.

There were no people or pets inside the home and no one was injured, Courchaine said. 

Two vehicles in the driveway of the home, located at the corner of Mariners Trail and River Edge Drive, could be seen burned down to the metal framing later in the day.

Water from a house puts out a house fire.
RCMP say the fire was reported shortly before noon. No one was in the home at the time and there were no injuries, according to police. (Justin Fraser/CBC)

Smoke could still be seen spilling from the structure in the River Edge Estates area mid-afternoon, as three firefighters stood on the front lawn spraying the destroyed home with hoses.

An excavator remained on a large flatbed truck in front of the house in the municipality, just north of Winnipeg and west of the Red River. 

RCMP said the fire commissioner’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

Three firefighters can be seen standing on a lawn putting out a fire. A digger remains on a flatbed truck parked on the street.
West St. Paul firefighters were still on the scene, with an excavator parked on a flatbed truck, on Thursday afternoon. (Justin Fraser/CBC)