Second fire linked to cooking drugs

A Cornwall firefighter walks to the back of a house on First Street East on Thursday, April 6, 2017 after a basement fire. A man and three animals were able to escape unharmed. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – In an unusual move, the city’s police force and fire department have come out with a joint statement about the dangers of drug production.

This, as the Cornwall Community Police Service has concluded a fire on First Street East on April 6 was the result of someone trying to extract cannabis resin from marijuana.

Const. Dan Cloutier said a suspect has been arrested and charges have been laid. Details are expected to be released tomorrow (Wednesday).

A 25-year-old man and several pets managed to escape that basement fire.

The process, which uses highly combustible and flammable liquids, produces a substance called “shatter”.

“Not only is the practice illegal, it is very dangerous and unpredictable. You are basically in your house with a time bomb,” Staff Sergeant Kurt Fraser said.

This is the second fire linked to “shatter” production.

A 67-year-old apartment tenant, Michel Lalonde, was killed March 26 when an explosion and fire consumed part of the building on Carleton Street.

A 27-year-old Cornwall man, Andrew Ross, is facing a dozen charges including criminal negligence causing death.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2:45 p.m. to show an arrest has been made in the First Street East fire and charges have been laid.

Construction workers cut plywood to cover the windows of this Carleton Street home in Cornwall, Ont. Thursday, March 30, 2017. Cornwall police have charged a person in relation to the deadly fire. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)