Sarnia man charged with arson in Kathleen Avenue fire
A Sarnia man is charged with arson in connection with a fire Friday afternoon at a multi-residential complex on Kathleen Avenue.
Cst. John Sottosanti said officers were called to a townhouse unit on Kathleen Avenue near East Street at around 3 p.m., to check on the welfare of a resident.
“Up on arrival, an officer noticed a broken window to the side of a man door,” said Sottosanti. “Officers began to knock on the door and attempted to call out to any possible occupants, but were met with no answer. Officers then began to notice black smoke within the residence through the broken window. Immediately officers breached the door out of concern for safety for any possible occupants. Within a short matter of time, the officers were faced with a fire beginning to rage out of control.”
A unit appeared to be gutted.
Cst. Sottosanti said witnesses told police they saw a man run from the scene, and officers located and arrested a suspect just before 3:30 p.m. in the area of Carleton place and Ross Avenue.
Brandon Lee Williams, 25, faces one count of arson disregard for human life, four counts of arson damage to property, and one count of breach of probation.
He was being held in custody awaiting a bail hearing.
This is not what you want to find when you go to check the welfare of someone. Thankfully she wasn't home and found safe. Male in custody for arson and a plethora of other charges. No injuries. Shout out to @SarniaFire @SarniaFirefight for a timely response and job well done. pic.twitter.com/C4C2OXgLEj
— Officer Van Sickle (@181SarniaPolice) April 13, 2019
Crews from @SarniaFire quickly contained a structure fire to one unit of a townhouse on the 300 block of Kathleen Ave saving the other units from damage this afternoon. Fire under investigation, no injuries to report. pic.twitter.com/tIq2vHNrsZ
— Sarnia Fire Rescue (@SarniaFire) April 12, 2019