UPDATE: Accused in school fire released from prison

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The man accused of starting a fire at Hazelwood elementary school has been released from prison.

Steven Reid, 25, made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John's today. Lawyers agreed to release him from custody on strict conditions, including that he stay away from the school.

He's due back in court Sept. 16.

Reid is charged with break and entry and arson.

(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) General Investigation Unit has arrested and charged a 25-year-old man in connection with a suspicious fire on Topsail Road in St. John’s.

On July 6, around 5:30 a.m., officers from RNC Patrol Services, Forensic Identification Services and the Criminal Investigation Division, along with firefighters from St. John’s Regional Fire Department responded to a fire at Hazelwood Elementary. According to police, the building was moderately damaged as a result of the fire. There were no injuries reported.

The 25-year-old St. John’s man has been charged with break and entry with intent and arson. The RNC said he was arrested without incident and held to appear in provincial court this morning.

Anyone who may have any information in relation to this crime is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

People can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Organizations: RNC Patrol Services, Forensic Identification Services, Criminal Investigation Division Regional Fire Department Crime Stoppers N.L. Crime Stoppers Website

Geographic location: Topsail Road

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