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Man arrested in Yonge & Gould arson case

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Sean Wetselaar

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An arrest was made Friday in connection with the fire which prompted the demolition of the old Empress Hotel last year.

53-year-old Stewart Poirier of Toronto faces nine charges including arson and attempted murder, according to the CBC.

The six-alarm blaze, which broke out around 4 a.m. Jan. 3, 2011, gutted the historic building at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets, which was previously run as the Empress Hotel. The fire led to the building’s demolition shortly thereafter.

CP24 is reporting Poirier was arrested due to unrelated charges, in connection with a suspicious fire on Sackville street last Thursday, July 12.

The full charges facing Poirier are:

  • Two counts of arson, damage to property,
  • Two counts of arson, disregard for human life
  • Two counts of mischief endangering human life
  • Two counts of fail to comply with probation
  • Attempted murder.

Poirier is expected to stand in court Thursday.


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