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Fire destroys former hospital in Manitoba

Jan. 18, 2016, Glenboro, Man. - A fire has destroyed a large, century-old home that once served as a hospital in a southern Manitoba community.

Fire Chief Steve Bjornson of the Glenboro-South Cypress Fire Department says firefighters were called to the home in Glenboro on Saturday evening.

When they arrived, he says they moved into a defensive mode and were concerned the wires and poles around the home could catch fire, knocking out power to a nearby seniors' home and hospital.

A man had been maintaining the home while the owner was in Jamaica and was able to escape the blaze.

Bjornson says the home was once a hospital, then a personal care unit and then turned back into a residence.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

January 18, 2016
By The Canadian Press