Blumenort Man Claims Responsibility For Setting Fire

The Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the Rural Municipality of Hanover says a man from Blumenort has come forward accepting responsibility for setting a fire Wednesday evening north of Steinbach.

The Steinbach Fire Department responded to the call shortly after 6 pm to the location along Provincial Road 311, east of Highway 12. The fire destroyed several farmyard buildings. Steinbach firefighters cover that area under their agreement with Hanover.

On Thursday afternoon, Hanover Fire Chief Paul Wiebe put out a call for information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious or knew details on how the fire started.

Then, Friday morning, Hanover Bylaw Enforcement Officer Brian Brunelle noted a person has come forward accepting responsibility for setting the fire. Brunelle says it was a man from Blumenort who cannot be named at this time. He notes the individual was aware that a municipal Fire Ban was in place.

A substantial fine will be issued under Hanover's Fire Prevention and Emergency Services Bylaw. Brunelle notes the matter will not be turned over to RCMP as the fire started out with an intentional grass fire that spread to structures due to windy conditions.

Brunelle would like to thank the several people who called in with information. He says when fire bans are in place, people become more observant when they see smoke. Brunelle says anyone spotting an illegal fire should contact the appropriate emergency services immediately.

The RM of Hanover currently still has an active Fire Ban and burn permits can be obtained at the discretion of Hanover's Fire Chief for agricultural fires. Backyard fires are allowed in approved receptacles or pits when only clean fire wood is being burnt and wind velocity does not exceed 32 kilometres per hour.

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