Brandon firefighters put out a fire at an 18th Street house for the third time in the last six months on Thursday evening.
Firefighters responded to the fire at 606 18th Street on Thursday. This is the same vacant building a fire broke out on both April 20 and Jan. 23.
On Friday morning, there was plywood on the windows facing 18th Street and black scorch marks visible around the windows. There was also damage near the roofline above the front window.
Brandon police public information officer Sgt. Kirby Sararas said the third fire is difficult to investigate because of the damage from the two previous ones.
"The original damage was never fixed, so there won’t be an investigation going forward because it’s just too difficult," she said.
The cause of the fire is currently undetermined, she said.
Sararas also said it is unknown whether the three separate fires are related.
A spokesperson for the Manitoba Officer of the Fire Commissioner confirmed the Thursday-evening fire is not currently under investigation.
In the Jan. 23 fire, police said Brandon Fire and Emergency Services members put out the fire after someone set a mattress on fire.
While responding, an officer noticed two people hanging out in the back lane near the building.
When he tried to identify the two, a man became belligerent and uncooperative, police said.
A second police officer went to assist and was punched in the face by one of the suspects, according to police. This woman was charged with assaulting a police officer.
The cause of the April fire in the building has also not been determined.
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