Arrest Made in Arson Fire on McLaughlin Street

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THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police Service made an arrest connected to an ongoing arson investigation. The fire at an East End home on Friday, January 31, 2020 trapped a family inside of the home, and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue was able to rescue them.

Officers from the service’s Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to reports of a house fire in the 700 block of McLaughlin Street just after 10 pm on Friday, January 31, 2020.

In a statement to media, TBPS said, “A family was trapped inside the home during the blaze but was safely removed from the residence by members of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue. Once safely outside the home, the family was attended to by paramedics with the Superior North EMS.”

The fire, which appears to have started outside at the back of the residence, caused significant damage to a McLaughlin Street home and also damaged an adjacent home in the 400 block of Connolly Street.

Members of the TBPS’s Major Crime Unit began investigating the circumstances surrounding this fire. As a result of those ongoing efforts, a suspect turned himself into police in the late afternoon hours of Friday, February 7, 2020.

Trey CARLSON, 20, of Thunder Bay is charged with Arson: Disregard for Human Life x 2.

The accused appeared in bail court on Saturday, February 8, 2020, and was released with a future appearance date.