Man charged with four counts of arson after rash of structure fires in Oxdrift


On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at approximately 11:37 a.m. members of the Dryden Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to investigate a shed fire on Highway 605, Eton Township (West of Dryden). 

While at the shed fire, Dryden OPP officers received a report of two barns on fire on Hwy 17, Machin Township and shortly after arriving the officers received a report of another fire on Salton Road, Eton Township in which a house was on fire.

Machin, Oxdrift and Dryden Fire Departments all attended to assist with the fires.

As a result of the investigation, a 64 year old resident of Machin Township has been charged with Arson – Damage to Property X 4 contrary to Section 434 of the Criminal Code.

The man was held in custody until his bail hearing on November 6, 2017.

About chrismarchand

Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

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