Fergus resident charged with arson in Aug. 1 fire

FERGUS – An 18-year-old Fergus resident has been charged with arson in connection with a suspicious fire here earlier this month.

Centre Wellington firefighters from the Elora and Fergus stations responded to what was initially reported as a structure fire at 30 Davidson Place in Fergus at about 8:30pm on Aug. 1.

Wellington County OPP officials say it was a utility trailer beside the house was actually on fire.

“When we arrived the fire was actually outside of the home at the side of the building and had extended to a part of a wooden fence, a neighbour’s shed and a tree that was at the side of the home,” deputy chief Jonathan Karn told the Advertiser at the time of the fire.

He confirmed the fire did not spread to the house itself due to efforts by neighbours.

“When we arrived there were several neighbours that used fire extinguishers, a garden hose and really contained that fire prior to our arrival and stopped it from spreading into the house and into some other sheds that were close by and really limited that damage from the fire,” Karn explained.

On Aug. 18, Wellington County OPP announced an 18-year-old Fergus resident is charged with arson and is to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

Police did not immediately respond to an Advertiser request asking why the name was not released.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.