In the wee hours of this morning, April 30, at approximately 12:30 a.m., New Glasgow Regional Police arrested a 21-year old local man for arson.
The fire involved a 10-unit apartment complex on Forbes Street, New Glasgow.
New Glasgow Fire Department and Trenton Fire Department attended and were still on scene at 7:45 a.m.
Approximately 13 residents sustained no injuries and have been displaced and have been assisted by the Red Cross.
Several domestic pets have died as a result of the fire.
The building suffered extensive damages.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, the late-night fire damaged two adjoining houses that contained eight apartments in downtown.
Canadian Red Cross volunteers arranged emergency lodging for 10 people including a couple, a father and son and six single tenants. New Glasgow taxi company DC Cabs offered free transportation for tenants who needed it. Red Cross help with purchases of food, clothing and other basics will be completed later today. Two other tenants went with family or friends but will be offered other Red Cross support if needed.
To comply with public health directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Cross volunteers speak with displaced tenants by phone or from a two-metre distance where possible or wear personal protective equipment if required. Emergency hotel accommodation is arranged remotely. The cost of food, clothing and other urgent purchases are covered using temporary credit cards or electronic fund transfers activated remotely through a 24-hour Red Cross national support centre.
New Glasgow Regional Police charged the New Glasgow man with a variety of crimes including: arson, assault, uttering threats, failing to comply with an undertaking, possession of a controlled substance and injuring or endangering animals.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance; if they have any information on this incident, contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by a Secure Web Tips at www.crimesstoppers.ns.ca .
New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit, New Glasgow Regional Police Forensic Unit and the Office of the Fire Marshall continue to investigate. Police and fire crews remain on scene at this time.