Woman fac­ing charges


Ar­son charges are ex­pected to­day fol­low­ing an RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a sus­pi­cious apart­ment build­ing fire on a cen­tral Cape Bre­ton First Na­tions re­serve.

Five male res­i­dents, all of whom were safely evac­u­ated from the burn­ing struc­ture, were dis­placed by the week­end blaze in Wagmatcook, lo­cated 16 km west of Bad­deck.

The fire ren­dered the build­ing un­in­hab­it­able.

On Tues­day, Cpl. Jen­nifer Clarke, Nova Sco­tia RCMP me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors prob­ing the blaze have deemed the fire to be of a sus­pi­cious na­ture. Clarke con­firmed that ar­son charges are likely to be laid to­day against a 21-year-old woman, whose name has yet to be re­leased.

Chief An­thony Pierro of the Wagmatcook fire de­part­ment said mem­bers re­sponded to an alarm call at around 9:30 p.m. on Satur­day.

“We weren’t far away so we got there right away,” said Pierro, who added that the Bad­deck Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment also at­tended the scene.

“But even be­fore we got there, the com­mu­nity res­i­dents were there and they got ev­ery­body out safely, in­clud­ing one phys­i­cally hand­i­capped man, and all of my boys are all right, so no­body was hurt.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mary El­iz­a­beth Goo­goo of the Wagmatcook band of­fice, the men were all res­i­dents of what she called the “bach­e­lors’ apart­ments.”

“They’ve all been tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated in the mean­time — they can’t go back there, it will be de­mol­ished and they won’t be go­ing back there un­til it is re­built for them,” she said, adding that peo­ple can help the dis­placed men with clothes, sup­plies or cash do­na­tions that can be dropped off at the band of­fice.

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