Winnipeg Man Arrested For Arson After Trying To Set Building On Fire

Emergency personnel at the scene of a building on Assiniboine Avenue on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. (METRO WINNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)
Emergency personnel at the scene of a building on Assiniboine Avenue on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. (METRO WINNIPEG/SHANE GIBSON)

A Winnipeg man is in custody after police said he tried to set his apartment suite on fire.

Winnipeg emergency personnel evacuated a building in the 300 block of Assiniboine Avenue at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday after there were complaints of a strong smell of gas coming from the building.

Inside, they located a suite that was filled with combustible materials, they said. A suspect was identified and a man was arrested a few hours later.

Joel Donald Calder, 49, has been charged with arson – disregard for human life, arson- damage to property, possession of incendiary material and explosives – intent to cause damage to property. He has been detained.


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