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Charges laid against suspect police say aided culprit of fatal April 11 fire on Bruce Avenue

Police say Liam Stinson, 25, is a party to first-degree murder and arson charges
Three people died in an early morning house fire on Bruce Avenue on April 11. Charges have been laid against one person so far.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection to an April 11 house fire that killed three people, said Greater Sudbury Police.

Liam Stinson was arrested April 20 and charged with three counts of Party to the Offence of First Degree Murder, and one count each of Party to the Offence of Attempt Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Party to an Offence of Arson - Disregard for Human Life.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, a charge of being “party to” an offence can be laid against those who aids or abets “any person in committing an offence” and are considered to be “a party to that offence.” Under the code, “abetting could mean encouraging, instigating, promoting or procuring a crime to be committed, and must be done during the actual commission of the offence.”

Two people died in the fire on April 11, while a third person died days later after being airlifted to Toronto.

Stinson attended bail court today to answer to the charges and has been remanded into custody. He is scheduled for video remand on April 22.

The 37-year-old man who was able to escape the fire by jumping from a second-storey window is in stable condition as he continues to recover from the incident, said police.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and we are actively seeking information in relation to additional individuals who are believed to be involved in this incident,” said GSPS.

If you have any information related to the identities of other individuals who were involved or if you have video footage of the fire, we ask that you please contact us at 705-675-9171.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-TIPS, online at