Fire that killed 4 in Oshawa was started by child; no charges laid: police


Published December 14, 2021 at 2:20 pm

OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto say a fire that killed four people in Oshawa, Ont., earlier this year was started by a child under 12 years old.

Durham Regional Police say, however, that based on the “totality of the circumstances,” no charges will be laid in the incident.

No further details have been released, and police say they are not seeking any additional evidence in the case.

Flames broke out in THE century-old row home on Olive Avenue in the early hours of March 22.

Five people were able to escape, but four others didn’t make it out.

Police later identified the deceased as 66-year-old Terrence Pottie, 57-year-old Paul Leblanc, 11-year-old Cristian Duguay-Sterling and his sibling, nine-year-old Lucas Duguay-Sterling.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 14, 2021.

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