NEWS
02/11/2012 11:52 EST | Updated 04/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Selkirk, Manitoba Trailer Fire Kills 4 Men; Cause Under Investigation

WINNIPEG - An investigation is underway to determine what caused a fire that police say killed four people in a trailer home north of Winnipeg.

Fire crews rushed to the scene in Selkirk shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the four who died were all males. Two of them, aged 42 and 39, lived in the home. An 18-year-old man from Selkirk who was the son of the 42-year-old, also perished, along with another Selkirk resident who was 37.

Police said a 19-year-old man from Selkirk who was visiting the home escaped with injuries which they said were not life-threatening.

Freda Whiteway, who lives in a trailer across the street from the one that burned, said her family woke up early Saturday to the smell of smoke. When they looked out their window, flames were coming the trailer and firefighters were already on the scene.

The victims have not been identified.

Whiteway said she'd met the people in the trailer a number of times, mostly to deal with problems.

"I used to get after them all the time to tell them not to party," Whiteway said.

"They'd keep my granddaughter awake."

Police and fire officials were still at the scene on Saturday afternoon. The light-blue trailer with white trim was blackened around the front window and entrance, and officials said damage is extensive.

Police say autopsies will be performed.

Whiteway said smoke filled the street during the blaze and she worried her own trailer might catch fire.

Her phone was ringing off the hook Saturday with calls from concerned friends and relatives.

"Everybody wants to know who it is — to make sure it wasn't us," Whiteway said.

Selkirk is about 40 kilometres north of Winnipeg.