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Man charged following ‘suspicious’ house fire in northern Ontario First Nation: OPP

A 42-year-old man from Batchewana First Nation has been charged with attempted murder, arson causing bodily harm and arson causing property damage.
A 42-year-old man from Batchewana First Nation has been charged with attempted murder, arson causing bodily harm and arson causing property damage. Global News file

SAULT STE MARIE, Ont. – Provincial police say they’ve laid charges in a suspicious house fire in a northern Ontario First Nation that left two men injured earlier this month.

A 42-year-old man from Batchewana First Nation has been charged with attempted murder, arson causing bodily harm and arson causing property damage.

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Emergency services responded to the fire in the community on Sept. 22 and found one of the victims with life-threatening injuries. He remains in serious condition.

The other victim suffered less severe injuries.

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The accused is scheduled to appear in court in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Oct. 3.

Police say the investigation is still ongoing.