Stratford fire ruled arson, arrest made

Ryan Cooke
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STRATFORD – An investigation into a fire in Stratford that caused extensive damage to a 12-unit apartment complex has determined arson to be the cause.

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More than two-dozen residents of a Stratford apartment complex were forced out of their homes after a fire broke out in one of the units early Saturday morning.

The Crossroads Fire Department and RCMP Queens District were called to the fire at 25 Glen Stewart Drive shortly after 4 a.m.

All residents were evacuated, with the fire being contained to one of the 12 units in the building. Other units did, however, suffer smoke and water damage.

There were no reported injuries.

As of Saturday morning, Red Cross volunteers had provided meals and personal care kits for 15 adults and one child, as well as emergency lodging for one resident.

The PEI Provincial Fire Marshal was assisted at the scene by the RCMP Forensic Identification Services Section and RCMP members from Queens District in an effort to further the investigation.

A 24-year-old Georgetown native, Jeffrey Burke, was arrested and charged with arson, break and enter and uttering threats. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Oct. 22.

Organizations: RCMP, Crossroads Fire Department, Red Cross

Geographic location: Stratford, Georgetown

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