January 2018

Police probe months-long arson string

January 18th, 2018|

London police are looking for one or more suspects after a string of unsolved arsons at homes under construction in the city’s north end — blazes that have caused more than $500,000 damage.

Police are appealing to the public for help as they probe seven arson and mischief incidents in a northwest London neighbourhood. The […]

July 2017

London woman charged with arson

July 14th, 2017|

A London woman is charged with setting fire to her own house.

Fire crews were called to 503 Boler Road shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbour reported smoke coming from the home.

On Friday, the owner Allison Stacey, 57, has been charged with one count of arson to own property endangering the property of […]

May 2017

House arrest for house arson

May 11th, 2017|

There’s no place like home — and for a London couple convicted of setting their own house on fire, that’s where they will be serving their jail sentence.

Jennifer Gionet, 31, and Steven Harman, 41, were each sentenced to 23 months of house arrest, with the main requirement to abide by a curfew that confines them […]

February 2017

Guard injured in jail fire

February 3rd, 2017|

Two inmates charged with arson in cell blaze at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London

Two inmates have been charged with arson for allegedly setting a cell ablaze at London’s provincial jail.

Police confirmed the charges Friday against the two unnamed men, both of them inmates at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.

Emergency responders were called to the Exeter […]

August 2016

Suspicious pattern of arsons

August 27th, 2016|

Arsons: London Police investigating a suspicious pattern of deliberately set fires in east-end

Police are investigating a pattern of arsons clustered in the east-end of the city.

Since Aug. 1 there have been six arsons with five vehicles and one building were set ablaze, said police.

The fires have been lit between Thursday to Sunday, from 11 […]

Suspicious fires probed

August 26th, 2016|

The owner doesn’t believe anything suspicious happened, but authorities including arson investigators are probing an east-end London fire at a boarded-up home.

The Thursday night blaze was one of two in the area — a vehicle on a nearby street caught fire — that broke out within an hour of each other, both of which […]

May 2016

Man Charged With Arson

May 22nd, 2016|

Man Charged With Arson In Connection To Early Morning Fire At East End Variety Store

London Police say a 57-year-old man is facing a charge of arson in connection to an early morning fire Saturday at a variety store in the city’s east end.

It was around 2 a.m. when police say an eyewitness observed the fire […]

August 2015

Police Deem Arson Suspect Not Connected to Recent String of Viscount Rd. Playground Fires

August 19th, 2015|

London Police say there is no indication a 19-year-old suspect charged with arson at a playground in the city’s north end is connected to a recent string of playground fires on Viscount Rd.

A 19-year-old suspect was arrested following an attempted arson Jack Chambers Public School on Hasting Dr., north of Fanshawe Park Road this […]

More Overnight Playground Fires Provoke Londoner To Create Community Watch

August 14th, 2015|

A Westmount resident says in light of a string of playground arsons throughout the city, it’s time to start “a good old-fashioned community watch.”

Speaking on The Craig Needles Show Friday morning, Westmount resident Tom Trampleasure says he’s fed up with the damage being done to the city’s playground and he’s willing to help find a solution.

“Maybe […]

Two More Fires Overnight, White Oaks Area Playground Targeted

August 14th, 2015|

Another playground was targeted by arsonists late Thursday night, this time in the White Oaks area.

London firefighters responded to the playground at Rick Hansen Public School near Jalna Blvd. and Bradley Ave. at around 11:30 p.m.

A shopping cart full of garbage and wooden sticks had been set ablaze, but it was extinguished before it […]

Suspected Fire Bug Torches Fourth Playground in Westmount Area

August 13th, 2015|

Officers are ramping up patrols in the Westmount area and investigators are searching for patterns following a fourth suspicious playground fire.

Fire crews were called to St. Jude Elementary School on Viscount Road at 4:54 a.m. Thursday to reports of a fire.

“This morning’s fire was minor,” says District Chief Jim Stockdale.

“There was a very small […]

April 2014

Suspect Faces 16 Arson Charges After String Of Fires In East London

April 8th, 2014|

City police say a 21-year-old London man has been charged in connection with a lengthy string of arson cases.

Officers say they and the London Fire Department investigated a number of fires that happened between November 2013 and March 2014. They say the blazes were set in garbage and recycle bins, on discarded couches and […]

December 2013

Fire was attempted murder

December 1st, 2013|

Arson and subsequent death of a man is now an attempted murder-suicide investigation.

September 2013

Investigation into Manitoba St. fire

September 16th, 2013|

Emergency crews responded to a house engulfed in flames at 361 Manitoba St. at about 3:30 a.m. where a body was found inside.

June 2013

Abandoned cottage goes up in flames

June 5th, 2013|

A patrolling London police officer spotted smoke billowing from a wooded area near 130 Pond Mills Rd. at Cleveland Ave. and called firefighters to the scene just before 6 p.m.

Arson Suspected Following Suspicious Fire In Pond Mills Area

June 5th, 2013|

Arson is suspected as the cause of a major blaze in the Pond Mills area that was responsible for plumes of smoke which could be seen for kilometres.

Fire crews were called to the scene in the Pond Mills Road and Cleveland Ave area around 6 p.m. Tuesday night.

An on-duty police officer actually noticed the […]

May 2013

Deliberately set fires

May 28th, 2013|

No one was hurt after two fires were set during a lockdown at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre Tuesday evening (May 28).

April 2013

‘Mass confusion’ at EMDC

April 10th, 2013|

A morning fire drew firefighters and police to the Exeter Rd EMDC. Arson is suspected.

Fire at EMDC, Two sent to hospital

April 10th, 2013|

A fire in an upper level unit at London’s Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre on Wednesday morning that sent two people to hospital is being labelled arson.

Police Launch Arson Investigation After Fire at EMDC

April 10th, 2013|

A criminal investigation is underway after a tense morning at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

London Police and fire fighters were called to the Exeter Road correctional facility around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday to reports of a fire.

Officers say when they arrived on scene, they found a small blaze in one of the facility’s pods and […]