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Charges laid in east end fire that caused $1M in damages

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Ottawa Police Service Arson Unit identified and charged two individuals after a fire at a commercial business in Ottawa’s east end.

On Feb. 21, Ottawa fire were called to a business in the 5300 block of Canotek Road, between Rainbow Street and Green Creek Drive just before 11 p.m.

Crews reported smoke and flames coming from the storefront and several 9-1-1 callers said they could see flames from Highway 174. Fire crews said propane inside the building created a hazard for firefighters and that the store housed both rims and tires, adding fuel to the fire. The fire was declared under control shortly before 1:30 a.m.

On June 13, police said they have charged the accused individuals that broke in and set fire that caused upwards of $1,000,000 in damage to the business.

Ottawa firefighters tackled a blaze at a business on Canotek Road late Wednesday night. (Feb 21) PHOTO: Scott Stilborn

Edward Ayoub, 46, Hamade Al Mouhamad Al Rahmou, 24, both of Ottawa have been charged with:

  • Arson Causing Property Damage
  • Possession of Incendiary Materials
  • Breaking and Entering
  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

Al Mouhamad Al Rahmou was also charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with possession of a Schedule I substance.

Both men accused will appear in court on June 13.

Anyone with information about this incident, that has not yet spoken with police, is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Arson Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2202.

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