Updated: youth charged with arson for deadly house fire

Colin MacLean
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The remains of an adult male were found in the charred innards of 101 Springdale St. in St. John's on Sunday. The fire has been deemed suspicious. — Photo by Colin MacLean / The Telegram

A man died early Sunday morning in a suspicious house fire in St. John’s and police have arrested a 16-year-old in relation to the case.

The RNC and firefighters were called to Springdale Street at about 4 a.m. this morning only to find the house engulfed in flames. Four people made it out of the home, one by jumping from the upstairs window, but the body of the fifth person, a 54-year-old man, was discovered after the fire had been extinguished.

A male youth was detained at the scene and police have now charged him with with three counts of arson, disregard for human life and one count or arson relating to property damage. Additional criminal code charges are pending.

The RNC is asking anyone with information relating to this fire to contact them immediately at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Check Monday's Telegram for the full story.

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  • Anon
    November 28, 2011 - 09:33

    I'm guessin' there are no local media outlets to tell us exactly what kind of punishment the (now) guilty party will be facing? I notice, manslaughter wasn't a charge.

  • GUILLERMO ARNOLDO ESCOBAR
    November 27, 2011 - 20:52

    The dead in that fire is my brother CARLOS ROMEO ESCOBAR, We are from El Salvador, Rest in peace my brother, go with God.

    • sw
      November 28, 2011 - 10:39

      just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time!! My uncle was one of the men who escaped the fire :(

    • someone
      November 28, 2011 - 13:28

      To GUILLERMO: So sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace.

    • a
      December 01, 2011 - 00:14

      Guillermo, I just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family. I've known carlos for a couple of years now, and he truly was a wonderful, bright and loving man. Such a joyful smile and such rhythm pouring from his hands. I miss him already. So much. I hope this finds you and I hope you can stay strong through this all.