Ottawa police arson unit investigates fire lit in downtown apartment lobby

The Ottawa police arson unit is investigating a hearth citizens say was once deliberately set in their condo construction lobby within the Centretown space early Sunday morning.

Matias Munoz, who lives on the apartment positioned close to the intersection of Lisgar and Metcalfe streets, said a couple of tenants aroused from sleep to seek out evidence of someone trying to get started a fire close to the elevators.

“after they woke up early within the morning, they came upon some little pucks which can be like sq. bricks which are supposed to begin fires,” Munoz mentioned on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning Monday. 

“They were charred and an entire field of them was once roughly, you already know, laid out all over the lobby of the development.”

He defined how residents had been first puzzled through the invention after which, throughout the construction manager, Munoz and some other tenants have been capable of view the safety pictures.

“all of us had been slightly scared, a bit anxious, and we were given together and kind of positioned our heads together to determine how we are going to method this,” Munoz mentioned.

at the footage, he described seeing two folks lighting a fireplace in the lobby shortly after FIVE a.m. Sunday. After the suspects depart, another person is noticed coming into view and temporarily extinguishing the hearth close to the elevators, Munoz said.

Mayor says protesters have ‘malicious purpose’

Ottawa police have confirmed to CBC Information the incident is being investigated by means of its arson unit after receiving a call for carrier. 

“we can’t supply any more main points at this time as the investigation is ongoing,” a police spokesperson wrote in an email to CBC, asking somebody with knowledge to contact investigators.

Munoz said there was a war of words between some residents and a couple of anti-vaccine mandate protesters outside simply hours ahead of the fire.

Police have not confirmed any hyperlink between their research into this incident and the ongoing convoy protest.

At a different council meeting Monday afternoon, Mayor Jim Watson spoke concerning the alleged arson incident, together with it among a checklist of harassment incidents in opposition to residents and disruptions in the town he blamed on the continuing protest.

“The Day Prior To This we discovered of a horrific story that obviously demonstrates the malicious motive of those protesters occupying our town,” he said, regarding the two suspects captured within the security footage published online.

“Thankfully nobody was harm, however this tale could have ended very, very in a different way. it is very irritating, and issues to a desire to harm our residents.”

Meanwhile, Coun. Diane Deans said one alleged detail from witnesses — that the front door was once duct-taped to stop the ones outside from getting into the construction — showed “the escalation in their techniques knows no bounds.”

Ottawa police Deputy Leader Steve Bell informed council an entire group from the arson unit is investigating and working to spot suspects.

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