Arson charges laid after weekend Norwood Road fire

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Firefighters responded to the fire at 200 Norwood Rd. before midnight Saturday. (Submitted by Sarah MacLeod - image credit)
Firefighters responded to the fire at 200 Norwood Rd. before midnight Saturday. (Submitted by Sarah MacLeod - image credit)

Charlottetown police say two people have been charged with arson following a fire that destroyed an unoccupied home Saturday evening.

The Charlottetown Fire Department and Charlottetown Police were called to a blaze at 200 Norwood Road before midnight Saturday evening. No one was in the home at the time.

"The fire took such a hold on the initial ignition of the fire and vented itself in the early stages and the fire took total control," said Charlottetown fire inspector Winston Bryan.

"We went into a defensive mode just to keep the fire and try to save the structure as much as we could, but, again, it was total involvement — total loss."

Firefighters had the situation under control around 2 a.m. On Sunday afternoon, no visible remnants of the structure remained.

Piles of rubble remained on Sunday afternoon where the house once stood.
Piles of rubble remained on Sunday afternoon where the house once stood.(Nicola MacLeod/CBC)

In a release posted late Monday afternoon, police said a 25-year-old male and 23-year-old female were charged with arson as a result of the fire. Both have been released from custody with conditions.

"The home was vacant for a period of time, but a lot of family heirlooms were still in the home. A lot of antiques were lost, a lot of personal belongings … were lost in the fire," Bryan said.

The two accused are scheduled to appear in provincial court April 26.

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