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The Orillia fire department and the OPP Crime Unit are investigating the cause of a fire which broke out at an Walker Avenue townhouse Dec. 29 at about 6 p.m.

The Orillia fire department and the OPP Crime Unit are investigating the cause of a fire which broke out at an Walker Avenue townhouse Dec. 29 at about 6 p.m.

An Orillia woman has been charged with arson after an investigation into a townhouse fire Dec. 29.

At about 6:10 p.m. that day, Orillia OPP was notified of a structure fire in Orillia.

Officers attended the scene at 80 Walker Ave., an address that has several townhouse complexes. The fire was contained to one unit.

Residents in surrounding town homes were evacuated as a precaution, but returned to their homes once it was deemed safe. No one was injured as a result of the fire.

The Office of the Fire Marshal attended the scene to assist with the investigation.

Damage was estimated at $100,000.

The fire was considered suspicious. Members of the Orillia OPP Crime Unit located and spoke to the tenant of the unit, who was not home at the time the fire broke out.

Police identified four other people who were in the unit that day and they were considered persons of interest.

The investigation is now complete. One of the four persons of interest has been deemed responsible for causing the fire.

Meghan Walsh, 25, of Orillia, was arrested Tuesday and charged with arson causing property damage. She was held for a bail hearing Tuesday.

"We know the fire was intentionally set, and the exact cause is still not known at this time," Orillia OPP Const. Shannon Petryshyn said Tuesday.
 


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