SUDBURY -- Ontario Provincial Police have arrested and charged one man with arson after a "suspicious" fire in Temiskaming Shores.

Emergency crews were called to a structure fire at a triplex on Probyn Street in the community of Haileybury just before 1 p.m. Saturday, police said in a news release on Monday.

"Further investigation reveals that the fire is deemed suspicious and the area remains closed. It is unknown when it will re-open," OPP said.

A 33-year-old man is now facing two arson charges, one for disregard for human life and another for property damage, following the blaze.

"There were residents in the apartment and were all evacuated safely," Const. Jennifer Smith told CTV News in an email.

Jane Kennedy lives next door to the multi-unit complex and said most of the units were occupied by male students. She said the Red Cross has put up the displaced residents in a local hotel for now.

Police said the accused is being held in custody pending a bail hearing that is yet to be scheduled.

The Ontario Fire Marshal and North East Region Forensic Identification Service are still investigating the cause of the fire.

No word on the extent or cost of the damage.


The time that the emergency call came in was 1 p.m. and not 1 a.m. as initially reported by mistake.