CORNWALL – A Cornwall man is accused of setting a fire on the front porch of Inverarden House in the city’s east end.
Cornwall firefighters were dispatched to the mothballed historic building at 3350 Montreal Road around 9 p.m. last night (Thursday, May 21).
A tire had been set on fire on the front porch, which firefighters were able to extinguish. There was minimal damage to the building.
They also came upon a person on the scene who tried to leave the area, walking down Montreal Road, before Cornwall police got to the location a few minutes later, making an arrest.
David Schulte, 30, is charged with arson and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace.
Schulte has a criminal record after several run-ins with city police.
He was arrested in January 2019 for allegedly threatening to kill employees at a Cornwall organization, then again in April 2019 for failing to abide by his bail reporting conditions. He was arrested a third time in August 2019 for allegedly having a laptop computer when he wasn’t allowed under court conditions.
Schulte will appear in a Cornwall court on July 28 to answer to this latest charge of arson.
Inverarden House was built in 1816 and is described as a “fine early example of Regency architecture.” It was built for retired fur trader John McDonald.