Male arrested after downtown fire

Published on: Jul 2, 2024 | Categories:

On Monday, July 1, 2024, at 7:21 a.m., the Barrie Police Service along with Barrie Fire and Emergency Services responded to a report of a structure fire at the Five Points intersection.

Upon arrival at 31 Bayfield Street, it was confirmed that a garbage dumpster, which was located on the northeast side of the building, was on fire. Police learned that the fire was intentionally set and that a male was seen walking away from the area shortly before the fire was detected.

The male, a 30-year-old of no fixed address, was located a short distance away and was arrested for arson 23 minutes after the call was received. He was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued.

The accused has been charged with Arson – Disregard for Human Life and Arson – Damage to Property. He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear today by video, with the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie for a scheduled bail hearing.

As a result of the fire, 29-residents who live in the upper apartments were evacuated and have been displaced until repairs and the necessary cleanup is completed.

Occurrence #: BA24037002

Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon

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