Woman charged with arson in connection with fire that destroyed nursing station

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A woman has been charged with arson and failing to comply with her probation orders in connection with a fire at a nursing station in northern Manitoba on Monday.

No one injured in blaze that left building ‘a complete loss,’ Mounties say

A fire engulfs a building off a gravel road.
Flames engulf the Chemawawin/Easterville nursing station in Easterville, Man., early Monday morning. (Johnmichael Walker/Facebook)

A woman has been charged with arson and failing to comply with a probation order in connection with a fire at a nursing station in northern Manitoba on Monday. 

Lavern Chartrand, 20, was remanded into custody for a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in The Pas, Chemawawin RCMP said in an updated news release Tuesday morning. 

Officers received a report on Monday that the Easterville/Chemawawin nursing station, about 135 kilometres southeast of The Pas, was engulfed in flames at 5:35 a.m.  

Smoke rises from a building after a fire.
Smoke rises from the charred remains of the Chemawawin/Easterville nursing station on Monday. (Submitted by RCMP)

RCMP said the building was considered “a complete loss,” but  that no injuries were reported. Officers continue to investigate the blaze. 

Garrison Settee, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, told CBC on Monday that it will take a long time for the community to recover from the loss of the nursing station, which played a critical role in serving people in remote areas. Its loss will impact the health and well-being of community members, he said.