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Man barricades himself inside Oshawa home, before it catches fire

Last Updated Apr 22, 2019 at 1:11 pm EDT

A 44-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly stabbed another man and barricaded himself inside a home in Oshawa, which then caught fire.

Just after midnight Monday, police were called to the area of Elgin Street East and Simcoe Street North in Oshawa for a stabbing and found a man with stab wounds. It is alleged the victim, whose injuries are not life-threatening, was stabbed after he got into an altercation with the suspect.

Investigators said after the assault, the suspect ran to the home on Simcoe and barricaded himself inside his apartment.

Police believe other residents were inside the home at the time, but the home was evacuated as officers tried to get the suspect to surrender.

Hours later, the man fled out the window and the home was on fire.

Police arrested the man, who has been charged with arson, assault with a weapon, possession of weapons dangerous, uttering threats, and failure to comply with recognizance. He was held for a bail hearing.

Fire officials said a portion of the residence was used as a rooming house, while the rest was used for apartments.

The suspect’s name has not been released, but police said he lived at the home.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating. Damage to the home could exceed $500,000.

Fire at Oshawa home
Firefighters at a home on Simcoe Street in Oshawa on April 22, 2019. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy