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Massive $3.5 million Waverley condo blaze was arson: Winnipeg police

Police believe the same people who broke into a nearby construction site also started the fire.

Flames shoot into the air as a condo development burns on Oct. 21, 2015 on Waverley Street.

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Flames shoot into the air as a condo development burns on Oct. 21, 2015 on Waverley Street.

A fire that destroyed a multi-million dollar condo development on Waverley Street in October was arson, say Winnipeg police.

On Oct. 21, at about 2:30 a.m., a fire levelled the 320,000 square foot South Pointe Terrace condo development on the corner of Waverley Street and Sandusky Avenue. The condos were half-built with mostly exposed wood walls. Police later said damage was estimated at $3.5 million.

Police said Wednesday that the Arson Unit investigated, and found that a nearby construction site, at 100 Southview Cres., was broken into around the same time as the fire.

"Evidence of drinking alcohol at this site, including an accelerant was located and seized by investigators," said police. "As a result, it is believed that the individuals who broke into the construction site on Southview Crescent may be associated to the fire on Waverley Street."

Flames shoot into the air as a condo development burns on Oct. 21, 2015 on Waverley Street.

Elisha Dacey/Metro File

Flames shoot into the air as a condo development burns on Oct. 21, 2015 on Waverley Street.

Nearby resident Asit Dey said in October his neighbour called him at about 2:30 a.m. to warn him of a massive blaze just outside his backyard.

'I could feel the heat from our window," he said, adding he and his two children were evacuated for a time. "I was shivering. I could not talk, I could not move.... I got out of the house right away.

"It was so scary."

According to developer Broadstreet Properties' website, the apartment-style condo buildings were supposed to open in this summer.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Arson Unit at 204-986-6813.

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