Man faces arson count after Wheatley apartment fire: Chatham-Kent police

A man was charged after fire displaced several tenants of a Wheatley apartment building early Saturday, Chatham-Kent police say.

Emergency crews were called to the Erie Street North building at 1:40 am, police said.

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Firefighters doused the fire and contained it to one unit, but smoke spread to several second-floor units, forcing residents out, police said. No one was hurt.

Investigation determined the fire was intentionally set, police said. A suspect was arrested.

A man is charged with arson, police said. He was held pending a bail hearing.

Displaced residents have been put up in local hotels with help from Chatham-Kent Victim Services and the Red Cross, police said.

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