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Hamilton police lay arson charge following downtown blaze

An arson charge has been laid by Hamilton Police, after flames destroyed a century-old downtown building on Saturday. Lisa Polewski

A Hamilton woman has been arrested, after a massive fire that caused a vacant downtown industrial building to collapse over the weekend.

Hamilton police say 42-year-old Melissa Selman faces arson and break and enter with intent charges.

Read more: Fire destroys vacant downtown Hamilton commercial building

Police confirmed Monday that the arson unit was probing the blaze, which destroyed the former Hamilton Store Fixtures building on King Street West.

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As many as 45 firefighters battled the flames on Saturday morning, and the fire sent smoke wafting across the city.

Crews have since demolished what was left of the century-old building, leaving behind a pile of rubble.

 

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