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Ottawa police release photos of person of interest in Centretown arson

The Ottawa Police Service's arson unit released photos of a person believed to be a person of interest in setting a fire in Centretown on Aug. 26, 2021. via Ottawa Police Service

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story described the subject of the photos as a suspect. The pictured individual is in fact considered a “person of interest” by police.

The Ottawa Police Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman of interest as police investigate a fire set in Centretown last month.

The OPS arson unit said a fire was lit in the 300 block of Somerset Street West around 2 a.m. on Aug. 26.

Although the fire was quickly extinguished, there was “extensive property damage,” police said. No injuries were reported.

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Arson investigators released photos of a “person of interest,” who is described as having a stocky build with blond hair that police noted might have been a wig. At the time of the incident, she was seen wearing eyeglasses, a white cardigan over a pink patterned jumper and black sandals, carrying a black purse and a red gasoline can.

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Anyone with information is asked to call police at 613-236-1222 ext. 3771. Anonymous tips can be submitted via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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