Members of the Petawawa Fire Department battle a blaze on Herman Street on Jan. 9. Following a month-long investigation, a Petawawa woman has been charged with arson in connection with the fire which destroyed the home.
Tina Peplinskie / Observer and News
PETAWAWA – A fire that gutted a house in the town, which was considered suspicious at the time, has resulted in an arson charge against a Petawawa woman.The fire broke out around 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at the home on Herman Street in Petawawa. When firefighters from the Petawawa Fire Department arrived, they found a fully involved structure fire with heavy flames coming from the front of the structure. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour before it was brought under control. An adult female, who was the lone occupant of the home at the time, did not sustain any injuries as a result of the fire.Members of the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) also responded to the call and later the Ontario Fire Marshall and Crime Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were called in to investigate the fire with the assistance of OPP’s Forensic Identification Services (FIS).As a result of the investigation 35-year-old Nikki Jo-Marie McGuigan has been charged with one count of arson contrary to the Criminal Code. She was arrested Feb. 11 and released on a promise to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on March 19.