Shelburne man facing arson charges after lighting fire in seniors' home

Nova Scotia RCMP News

A 21-year-old Shelburne man is facing charges of arson causing danger to life after he allegedly set a fire inside a seniors' home on July 28.

The incident began as a dispute, where the 21-year-old was behaving erratically. The incident escalated to the point where he poured gasoline in the apartment, where he was visiting, and in the hallway of the building. The young man then lit it on fire and suffered severe burns as a result.

The building caught fire however, with the help of police and several fire departments, the residents were safely evacuated. RCMP members administered first aid to some of the 29 residents of the building who required it, and also to the 21-year-old suspect, until paramedics arrived.

The suspect suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.

The residents of the building are being assisted by families, the Red Cross, and community groups.

Police are continuing the investigation.