Dryden Apartment Fire Leads to Multiple Charges: Ontario Provincial Police Respond to Arson and Break-in Incident

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Dryden Apartment Fire Incident: Initial Response and Evacuation

DRYDEN – NEWS – On the night of December 4th, 2023, at approximately 11:40 p.m., the Dryden Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Dryden Fire Service responded to an urgent call from a local apartment building on First Street in Dryden, ON. The call, placed by an alarmed resident, reported visible smoke and audible fire alarms emanating from an adjacent unit. Dryden OPP officers were first to arrive, swiftly initiating the evacuation of the building’s residents to ensure their safety.

Charges Laid in Arson Case: Details of the Offence and Arrest The Dryden Fire Service, upon their arrival, discovered and extinguished two fires within the apartment unit. Investigations revealed that these fires were intentionally set by the resident of the unit, Tammy Kaminawaish, aged 34, from Dryden, ON. Consequently, Kaminawaish was arrested and charged with “Adult Arson – Damage to Property.” Following her arrest, she was held for bail court and subsequently released on conditions on December 5th, 2023.

Subsequent Break-in and Property Destruction: Additional Charges

In a concerning turn of events, on December 5th, 2023, at around 7:00 p.m., Dryden OPP received another call regarding the same apartment unit. The caller reported sounds of a break-in through a partially broken window, followed by further destruction of property within the apartment. Upon arrival, officers found Tammy Kaminawaish actively damaging the property. As a result, she faced additional charges, including “Adult Failure to comply with undertaking X 2” and “Adult Break, Enter a place – commit indictable offence.” Kaminawaish has been held and is scheduled to appear in Kenora Bail Court.

Legal Implications: Understanding the Criminal Charges and Potential Penalties

The charges laid against Kaminawaish are serious under the Criminal Code of Canada. “Adult Arson – Damage to Property” can carry significant penalties, including imprisonment, depending on the severity of the damage and the risk posed to others. “Adult Failure to comply with undertaking” indicates a breach of bail conditions, which can result in further legal consequences. The charge of “Adult Break, Enter a place – commit indictable offence” is a serious criminal offence, often associated with substantial fines and potential jail time.

Community Safety and Law Enforcement: OPP’s Ongoing Efforts

The Ontario Provincial Police and Dryden Fire Service’s prompt and coordinated response underscores their commitment to public safety and law enforcement. Incidents like these highlight the importance of community vigilance and cooperation with law enforcement to maintain safety and order. The ongoing investigation and legal proceedings will seek to address the ramifications of these incidents and uphold justice.

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