Woman charged in north London house fire

London police headquarters on Dundas St. file photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News

A 51-year-old London woman is accused of starting a fire at a north-end home that injured two people, including a firefighter, nearly two months ago.

Fire crews were called to the house at 12 Tallwood Rd., just east of Richmond Street, shortly before 10 p.m on March 18 after a blaze had broken out above the garage. When crews arrived they found a woman on the front lawn suffering from smoke inhalation. She was taken to hospital for treatment. A firefighter was treated at the scene for a burn to his arm.

The blaze caused an estimated $150,000 in damage and was deemed suspicious the following day.

Following an investigation, London police announced on Wednesday charges have been laid in connection with the incident.

Jolie J. McDonald, 51, of London, is charged with one count of arson causing property damage. She has been released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in London court on August 5.