Nanaimo Fire Rescue and Nanaimo RCMP at the scene of a condo fire Sunday morning on Mount Benson Street. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

UPDATE: Nanaimo man could face arson charge after condo fire

At least six residents displaced after fire on Mount Benson Street on Sunday morning

One man faces a potential arson charge after a fire at a Nanaimo condo building Sunday morning.

The fire at a Mount Benson Street building displaced at least half a dozen people and sparked an RCMP investigation. Crews were called to a four-alarm fire at 7:20 a.m. and found a fire in an upper unit of the building.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said a resident of the building who had left the scene was located and taken into police custody. He was detained on an arson charge but RCMP have also requested a psychiatric evaluation.

Ennis Mond, chief fire prevention officer with Nanaimo Fire Rescue, couldn’t say the cause of the fire but said the incident was a joint investigation with Nanaimo RCMP. He said no one was hurt in the fire.

Residents of the building’s upper floor were working with the City of Nanaimo’s emergency social services.



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