16-Year-Old Faces Arson Charges Following Carl Avenue Fire

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police Service has arrested and charged a suspect connected to an April 2020 arson investigation.

Officers were originally dispatched to a reported fire at a residential address in the 200 block of Carl Avenue just before 8 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue were at the scene and worked to extinguish the blaze. No serious injuries were reported as a result of this fire.

The police investigation into the cause of the fire determined it to be suspicious and members of the service’s Major Crimes Unit began investigating it as arson.

The Thunder Bay Police Forensic Identification Unit with the assistance of the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office conducted an examination of the Carl Avenue home.

The ongoing investigation led police to identify a 16-year-old male as a suspect.

In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, April 29, the youth suspect appeared at the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters to turn themselves in.

The teen is charged with one count of Arson damage to property, and Arson Disregard for Human Life x 6.

He appeared in bail court Thursday and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

The accused cannot be identified in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.