Guelph man charged with arson in townhouse fire: police

Guelph police say charges, including arson, have been laid in connection with a suspicious townhouse fire in the city’s west end on Friday night.

Firefighters were called to a home near Willow and Westwood roads at around 10 p.m. and found the unit fully engulfed in flames.

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Crews extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported among firefighters or residents.

It’s unclear how the fire was started and a damage estimate was not provided. Police said many residents were evacuated and some people have been temporarily displaced.

On Monday, police announced that they have charged a man with arson endangering life, uttering threats, break and enter, and escaping lawful custody.

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The service added that officers carried out a search warrant at a west-end home and further charged the suspect with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession of a weapon and possessing a weapon while prohibited.

The accused, who has not been identified, remains in custody and is scheduled for a bail hearing on Friday.

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