Ottawa man arrested in connection with east London arson

London police say an Ottawa man, 48, was arrested Wednesday in connection with an arson investigation.

Police say they and firefighters responded to a fire in the 300 block of Kiwanis Park Drive, southeast of Highbury Avenue North and Dundas Street, at roughly 3:20 a.m. Wednesday.

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“First responders quickly determined that a small fire had been deliberately set to the residence,” police said in a release.

“The residence was occupied at the time and a criminal investigation commenced.”

Police say firefighters extinguished the blaze and no injuries were reported.

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“With the assistance of the Ottawa Police Service,” police said Thursday, “a 48-year-old Ottawa man was arrested yesterday afternoon in relation to the investigation.”

On Friday, police announced the suspect has been charged with four counts of uttering threats to cause death, two counts of criminal harassment, and three counts of breach of undertaking.

The investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information to contact them at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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