**UPDATE: A suspect has been charged, details at the end of this article.
(THUNDER BAY, ONT) – A few REAL Concerned Citizens have come forward with reports of Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and other emergency services personnel on site at a Banning Street residence attending to a house fire.
We heard that no one was injured, but that 3 dogs were recovered from the home and attempts to resuscitate the animals failed, despite valiant effort.s
We have no confirmation on what the cause of the blaze was yet, as firefighters are still investigating. But we do have sources telling us the blaze began in the basement.
10:35 pm It appears the fire is out and fire crews are checking and dealing with hot spots.
Authorities are suspecting arson in this situation. We have been given information that the home was being “housesitted” by someone and they are under investigation. Insider sources also tell us there was 5 dogs in the home, all Pomeranians that perished. We were told only 3 dogs were located by authorities. (VIDEO BELOW)
***UPDATE Police Media Release @ 12:45pm March 19th
Arson Investigation – Media Release
Police were called on March 18, 2018 to assist with a male that was acting irrationally at a Banning Street residence. Within minutes, the call was upgraded to a fire rescue incident.
On arrival Officers observed the house to be fully engulfed and assisted in evacuating and accounting for the tenants of the building as well as evacuating the neighbouring houses.
The 28 year old male suspect was located a short time later on Bay Street.
He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act without incident by officers and transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center where he remains in police custody. He has been charged with arson related offences and killing an animal.
He appeared in court and has been remanded.
The scene is being held by police. This investigation is ongoing.
Video Credit: Jared Kollataj
Appearing by telephone from Thunder Bay Hospital this morning, Monday, March 19, 2018, at 10 am is 28-year old JYLES LABOEUF. With a J, we…