Woman charged with arson in townhouse complex fire

November 3, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Avery Park

A woman is facing criminal charges in connection with the Oct. 20 fire that gutted parts of an Orangeville townhouse complex.

In the early morning of Oct. 20, the Orangeville Fire Department, along with other area fire departments, responded to the fire on Second Street, near Fourth Avenue. The fire ultimately destroyed two homes and caused smoke damage to a third.

Residents of additional units were evacuated for their safety, and one firefighter and a resident received minor injuries  and were taken to the hospital. Both have since been released.

On Tuesday of last week, the Orangeville Police Service arrested and charged Veronica Theresa Stahurski, 44, with arson and disregard for human life. She was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

A gofundme page has been created by Tina Freeman to help the family that occupied one of the homes. The goal for this page is to raise $10,000. They are also collecting clothes and gift cards at the Lavender Lane Office at 61 Second Street, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1 and 4 p.m.

The clothes are needed for the parents and three children, six- and 11-year-old boys and a 17-year-old girl. This family has lost everything, so any donations will be greatly appreciated.

Red Cross and Caledon Dufferin Victim Services are helping as much as they can, but this family has lost everything. If you can find a way to help, they would be extremely grateful.

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