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Woman charged with arson endangering life after early morning fire

Residents of Whittaker Street residence were displaced briefly as building was evacuated
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Greater Sudbury Police arrested and charged a 35-year-old woman with arson endangering life Thursday morning in connection to a fire at a residential building. (File)

Greater Sudbury Police arrested and charged a 35-year-old woman with arson endangering life Thursday morning in connection to a fire at a residential building.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services were called to a fire at a residential building on Whittaker Street at around 6:15 a.m. this Thursday morning. 

Fire Services was able to quickly extinguish the fire that was contained to one unit in the building. 

There were no injuries, however the residents of the building had to be temporarily evacuated and have since been able to return to their homes.

Upon extinguishing the fire, Fire Services deemed the fire to be suspicious and contact the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office, as well as the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

Patrol officers arrived on scene shortly after 7:10 a.m. and began an investigation in collaboration with the OFM.

Through its investigation the OFM determined the incident to be arson.

While on scene, officers were provided information that a woman was seen fleeing on foot just after the fire had started.

A short time later, patrol Officers arrested a 35-year-old woman from Greater Sudbury and charged her with arson endangering life.

The woman remains in police custody and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Her name can't be released as the information has not yet been sworn to through the court process.