Youth Arrested in Arson Investigation
Chatham-Kent, Ontario – On October 30, 2023, at 1:34 p.m., emergency crews responded to the Chatham-Kent Secondary School on McNaughton Avenue East in Chatham for an activated fire alarm.
The Chatham-Kent Fire Department discovered a fire had been ignited in the men’s bathroom on the second floor, which prompted an arson investigation. Investigators identified a suspect and formed grounds to charge the youth in connection with the incident.
On November 6, 2023, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the 14-year-old Chatham youth was arrested and charged with arson – disregard for human life and arson – damage to property. He was transported to police headquarters and held pending a bail hearing.
On November 7, 2023, the youth will appear in court.