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Leanne Marlow noticed the flames engulf the constructing throughout the road from her Brandon, Man., house earlier than the smoke alarm began to ring all through her constructing.

Her cat, Buddy, frightened of the sound, disappeared, and as she frantically looked for her pet a pounding at her door started, with law enforcement officials yelling she needed to evacuate the Massey Manor constructing instantly.

Marlow had been on the bus with Vince Li when he beheaded Tim McLean in 2008. Nonetheless coping with the trauma of that horrific incident, she was now additionally going through the dire prospect of shedding every part she owned.

“I walked out with the shirt on my again. I did not take my ID, purse, drugs, nothing. I’ve misplaced cash, every part,” Marlow mentioned in an interview with The Canadian Press exterior a lodge in Brandon the place residents of her constructing have been positioned by the Canadian Purple Cross.

A large fireplace burned by way of a number of buildings in Brandon’s downtown on Saturday, together with one with dozens of flats managed by group teams.

Everyone seems to be OK and that is what issues. All that stuff will be changed.– Krisha Prince, resident of Massey Mannor

Round midday, flames began capturing from Christie’s Workplace Plus constructing on the 700 block of Pacific Avenue. Residents of Massey Manor — positioned throughout the road — watched the flames rapidly unfold and the smoke fill the neighbourhood.

After they have been instructed to go away, many Massey Manor residents stood on the road as embers drifted first to the Collier’s Gross sales constructing after which to the massive brick construction they known as house.

“The fireplace division tried to place out Christie’s however they needed to again up as a result of it was so dangerous, it was so excessive. It was a goner. They simply let it burn,” Marlow mentioned.

A number of explosive sounds rang by way of the world and the flames unfold once more to a different constructing that holds a boxing membership and a contracting enterprise. A beer vendor a couple of block away additionally started to burn, whereas a handful of buildings in between have been left largely undamaged.

Reinforcements from exterior town, together with firefighters from CFB Shilo, arrived to assist battle the blaze.

Marlow stood on the road, together with lots of the households who lived within the Manor’s 58 suites, and watched because the roof collapsed. She considered her cat, who was nonetheless in her high flooring house, and burst into tears. He had been her assist after she was on the bus and witnessed the beheading.

Krisha Prince had gone for a stroll along with her kids, aged one and two, when she obtained a name from neighbour who instructed her the constructing was on fireplace.

“I simply wish to get up. It is a massive dream. I am simply overwhelmed,” she mentioned, her eyes full of tears. “I am simply unhappy there are 56 households in that constructing that misplaced just about every part right now.”

Massey Manor was initially constructed as an agricultural provide retailer and warehouse by Massey-Harris and was transformed to flats previously decade by way of a partnership between the Canadian Psychological Well being Affiliation, the Brandon Friendship Centre and Habitat for Humanity.

One constructing destroyed, others badly broken

Prince and her kids rapidly ran again simply because the roof of the constructing was collapsing.

“Chaos, complete chaos,” she mentioned. “However from what I perceive everyone seems to be OK and that is what issues. All that stuff will be changed.”

Hearth crews continued to douse flames in a single day and the Purple Cross mentioned it was serving to greater than 100 evacuees.

The Christie’s constructing was fully destroyed, and the opposite buildings have been considerably broken, the Metropolis of Brandon mentioned in a information launch Saturday evening. Properties and companies within the space have been additionally with out energy.

Premier Brian Pallister posted on Twitter as the fireplace raged that he was “watching with deep concern as a large fireplace devours downtown Brandon landmarks.”

The reason for the fireplace remains to be unknown.

Marlow, alongside along with her roommate Debbie Netzel, mentioned she nonetheless hasn’t come to phrases with the loss.

“I am unable to assume,” Marlow mentioned.

“It is similar to in shock, you’re mind lifeless. You simply do not know what to do,” Netzel added.

Assist for evacuees

A spokesperson from the Metropolis of Brandon mentioned as of Sunday morning, 93 adults and 57 kids have been registered on the evacuation centre.

Workers from The Salvation Military have been on website of the fireplace, however weren’t concerned in offering housing for evacuees, mentioned Rob Kerr, divisional secretary, public relations and improvement for the group.

“We offered bottled water, sandwiches, soup and granola bars out of our Neighborhood Response Unit,” he mentioned.   

Workers additionally handed out sandwiches, soup and stuffed animals to the youngsters evacuated.

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