Mur­der charged laid in fa­tal fire at On­tario youth fa­cil­ity

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

KAWARTHA LAKES, Ont. — A sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charge was laid Sat­ur­day fol­low­ing a fire at an On­tario group home last week that left one per­son dead. On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice say the sus­pect, who can’t be iden­ti­fied un­der youth crim­i­nal jus­tice laws, was be­ing held in cus­tody un­til a court ap­pear­ance.

An au­topsy was done Sat­ur­day and the per­son who died has been iden­ti­fied, but po­lice say fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing age and gen­der isn’t be­ing re­leased to main­tain the in­tegrity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The group home is lo­cated near the vil­lage of Oak­wood north­east of Toronto in the Kawartha Lakes re­gion. Po­lice say they were called on Fri­day af­ter get­ting a re­port of a dis­tur­bance at the fa­cil­ity.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they found the fa­cil­ity was on fire and called in lo­cal fire and am­bu­lance crews.

City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham is­sued a state­ment say­ing he is “deeply sad­dened by the tragic fire that has taken place.’’

The fa­cil­ity is op­er­ated by Con­nor Homes. A spokesper­son said the other res­i­dents have been re­lo­cated while the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

Bob Con­nor also said in an email Sun­day that he did not im­me­di­ately have any in­for­ma­tion about the ex­tent of the fire dam­age.

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