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Police arrest two in Winnipeg house fire that killed 14 year old boy

Dec 5, 2007 - WINNIPEG - Police have charged two people with second-degree murder after a 14-year-old boy was killed in a Winnipeg house fire.

December 11, 2007
By The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Police have charged two people with second-degree murder after a 14-year-old boy was killed in a Winnipeg house fire.

They say they believe the house was set ablaze in a gang-related attack, but Const. Nick Paulet says the youth, who was visiting a friend at the house, was not targeted.

Police say officers who happened to be patrolling the area saw two people throwing an incindiary device at the home moments before the front porch erupted in flames.

The two constables are credited with saving the lives of 10 other people in the house, including a nine-month-old baby.

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Police say the house was likely targeted because of a drug dispute between rival street gangs.

They would not say whether the attack was aimed at any of the home's residents.