Arson charge laid in apartment fire

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The Chatham-Kent Police have arrested a tenant following a suspicious fire in Chatham last week.

On October 6, 2015 around 11:30 p.m. emergency crews responded to a residential fire on Grand Avenue East in Chatham. The residence is divided into four different apartments. No one was home in the unit where the fire started, however other tenants in the building were home. Luckily, no one was injured. Property damage was estimated at $30,000. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall attended the scene and deemed the fire suspicious.

Through investigation, police learned that the tenant who lives in the unit where the fire originated intentionally set the fire. This morning, the 45-year-old Chatham man was taken into custody and charged with arson to property and arson endangering life. He was transported to the court house pending a bail hearing.

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