Use of Organic Solvent to Alter Cannabis Properties Thought to Have Sparked Fire, Then Charges

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Open more share options Breadcrumb Trail Links World News News Legislation Legalization Use of organic solvent to alter cannabis properties thought to have sparked fire, then charges Occupant of Ont. dwelling suffered burn injuries severe enough to require being air lifted to hospital 190 kilometres away. Author of the article: Angela Stelmakowich Police report an explosion sparked the fire that resulted in severe burn injuries. / PHOTO BY SAUGEEN SHORES POLICE SERVICE PRESS RELEASE

An Ontario man faces cannabis and arson charges following an incident last September in which he was severely burned while apparently trying to cook up a cannabis product in his residence.

A Sept. 20, 2020 fire inside a multi-unit dwelling in Port Elgin, Ont. attracted members of the Saugeen Shores Police Service (SSPS), the Saugeen Shores Fire Department and Bruce County Paramedic Services.

An SSPS statement last September noted an explosion sparked the fire. Two buildings closest to the residence had been evacuated as a precaution and members of Victim’s Services of Bruce Grey Perth and the Red Cross were available to assist displaced residents.

According to The Sun Times, emergency workers arrived to find the unit fully engulfed in smoke and flames, although the male occupant managed to exit the unit on his own. Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control.

Emergency workers found the 40-year-old male occupant of the unit involved had been critically injured and was severely burned, notes an SSPS statement.

The injuries were serious enough that he had to be air lifted to a hospital burn unit in London, about 190 kilometres away. He eventually recovered from his injuries, the police report.

The fire, though, led to a probe by the SSPS’s Criminal Investigation and Drug unit. Obtaining assistance from the Ontario Fire Marshall, the SSFD, the Toronto Centre of Forensic Sciences and Health Canada, the investigation resulted in charges.

The unidentified man faces one count under the Criminal Code of Canada and two under the Cannabis Act. Specifically, he has been charged with arson — damage to property, using an organic solvent to alter or offer to alter the chemical or the chemical or physical properties of cannabis and possession of illicit cannabis.

The man has since been released and is scheduled to appear in Walkerton Court on a future date.

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