Peterborough County OPP – Arson Charges Following Fire in Havelock

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The Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have made an arrest and laid charges after a fire on George Street in Havelock.

On April 23, 2024, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Peterborough County OPP received a call regarding a structure fire at a multi-unit apartment residence on George Street in the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen. Officers attended w here fire crews were dealing with a fully engulfed structure fire. All occupants of the building were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

Upon speaking to the complainant, investigations revealed that after an argument, a known individual uttered threats to the complainant and exited the building. Directly after, the building was engulphed in flames. A description of the individual was provided to officers.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., officers received a call about a suspicious person and located the individual a short distance away from the scene. As a result, the individual was arrested.

A 29-year-old male from Havelock was arrested and charged with:

Arson – Disregard for Human Life

Fail to comply with Probation Order – two counts

Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose

Uttering Threats – Damage Property

The name of the accused will not be released in order to protect the identity o f the victim.

The accused was held for Bail and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough.

The Office of the Fire Marshal was contacted and will be attending to investigate. A police presence will continue in the area while the investigation continues.

Pete Fisher
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