Arson charge laid after Frances Street fire

London firefighters battle a house fire on Frances Street, February 13, 2020. (Photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

A London man is now accused of setting the fire that did $400,000 in damage to a house on Frances Street.

Fire crews were called to a home on Frances Street near Egerton Street around 9:45 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, smoke was pouring from the home. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, an investigation determined the fire had been intentionally set.

Police took a man into custody at the scene. Randy Edward Marchant, 60, of London is now charged with arson causing damage to own property.

He is to appear in court Friday.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to