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Downtown Guelph Old Quebec Street Mall

Arson Charge After Guelph Downtown Mall Fire

A Guelph man faces an arson charge after a fire was deliberately set inside Old Quebec Street Shoppes Friday.

Approximately 8:40 a.m. emergency services were called to the downtown mall. A male known to security staff was inside the mall when he set fire to debris inside a metal trash can and walked away. Staff were able to extinguish the fire, which created a significant amount of smoke inside the mall. No injuries were reported.

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Approximately 90 minutes later the responsible male was located downtown and arrested. Investigation revealed he is currently on four different probation orders.

A 28-year-old Guelph man is charged with arson and four counts of breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing Monday.

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