Fraud charge laid in connection with Stirling fires

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Aug. 10, 2021 – Investigators of two January fires in Stirling have charged a Newmarket-area resident with fraud.

The investigation began Jan. 2 when police responded to two early-morning fires at a former gas station and a neighbouring home on West Front Street. No injuries were reported as a result of the fires.

Stirling-Rawdon volunteer firefighters extinguished the flames but both buildings sustained extensive damage. An investigator from Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal examined the scene.

“At this time police have information that the fire was deliberately set,” a Central Hastings OPP news release stated Friday.

As a result of the investigation, it added, police have charged Thanusan Uthayakumaran, 19, with fraud over $5,000. Postmedia reports. | READ MORE