Charges laid in restaurant arson

(KENORA, ON) Members of the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Kenora Crime Unit have charged a person because of multiple fire and mischief calls.

On Tuesday June 28, 2022, at 12:48 a.m. members of the Kenora OPP received a report of a fire at Fifth Street South and Sixth Avenue South Police responded with Kenora Fire and the fire was extinguished.

At 2:08 a.m. the OPP were dispatched to a fire at the corner of Matheson Street South and Second Street South. Police and fire attended; everyone was evacuated from the building safely but the building was lost to the fire. The Hungry Pug and a residential apartment were lost in the fire.

At 4:44 a.m. the OPP were dispatched to a business in the 300 block of Second Street South, to a report of damage that had occurred to a building.

While in the downtown core Police were also advised of two vehicles that were damaged and one that was set on fire.

As a result of the investigation a 43-year-old Kenora man has been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) Offences:

  • Arson-Damage to Property, contrary to sec. 434 CC X3
  • Arson-Disregard for Human Life, contrary to sec. 433(a) CC
  • Uttering Threats-Cause Death or Bodily Harm, contrary to sec. 264.1(1)(a) CC
  • Mischief Under $5,000, contrary to sec. 430(4) CC X3

The accused was arrested and held for bail.