Feb. 18, 2008, Barrie, Ont. _ Two Toronto residents are charged in connection with a massive fire that gutted a section of downtown Barrie, Ont., in early December.
February 18, 2008 By The Canadian Press
The late-night blaze was preceded by a loud explosion in a restaurant housed in a historic downtown building that dated back to 1877.
There were no injuries, but more than 40 people had to be evacuated from several apartments above the Royal Thai Cuisine restaurant.
Barrie police say an investigation by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office concluded the explosion and fire were the result of arson.
A 62-year-old man, John Cartolano, is charged with arson endangering life, obstructing justice and fraud, and 40-year-old Laverne Williams, is charged with fraud and obstructing justice.
Both suspects remain in custody pending a bail hearing.
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