Arrest Made in Yonge and Gould Arson Case
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Arrest Made in Yonge and Gould Arson Case

Police make arrest in relation to the suspicious 2011 fire at the site of the old Empress Hotel.

The gutted remains of a heritage building after a six-alarm fire at the site, formerly the location of the Empress Hotel.

On January 3, 2011, a fire broke out in an historical building at the intersection of Yonge and Gould. The six-alarm blaze gutted the site, the former location of the Empress Hotel. One month later, investigators determined that the fire was a case of arson. Today, the Toronto Police Service announced that they’ve made an arrest in conjunction with the case, as well as with another case of alleged arson at 123 Sackville Street that took place last week.

Stewart Poirier, age 53, has been charged with two counts of arson, with two counts of mischief endangering life, and with attempted murder. He was arrested on Friday in relation to other matters, but police have since linked him to the two cases of arson. Poirier remains in custody at this time, and will appear in court this Thursday morning.