YARMOUTH, N.S. – Three residents of Yarmouth are facing charges of arson (disregard for human life) and criminal harassment following a fire that the police say was intentionally lit outside an occupied apartment dwelling.
According to an RCMP media release, at 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 15, the RCMP responded to a call of a fire outside an apartment building on Argyle St. in Yarmouth.
Upon arrival, RCMP members assisted the Yarmouth Fire Department to put the fire out.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set outside the building with six residents inside.
On Nov. 21, three suspects were arrested and a search warrant was executed at the home of one of the suspects.
Twenty-seven year-old Nathan R. Thorburne, of Yarmouth, was remanded in to custody and appeared in Yarmouth Provincial Court on Nov. 22. He remains in custody and is due to appear back in court on Nov. 26.
According to the Yarmouth Justice Centre, the other two individuals for whom charges have been filed are Ryan Scott Fancy, 21, and Nastasha Newman, 31. The RCMP say they were released following their arrest and will attend court at a later date. Their court appearances are set for Dec. 17, according to the Yarmouth Justice Centre.
In a media release issued on Nov. 22, the RCMP say that while this incident doesn't appear to be a random act of arson, they continue to remind Yarmouth residents to report suspicious persons and activity to Police.
The investigation is continuing.