In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, Feb. 4, a fire broke out at the downtown establishment The Bar.
Inspector Darryl Boyd of the Brockville Police Service told Brockvilleist that the suspect is a 40-year-old female, who was charged with arson; she was seen on camera, apparently lighting some hanging Valentine’s Day decorations on fire, then immediately leaving the scene.
“This spread to cause some damage to the building, but nothing structural,” Boyd said.
The Bar was back open for business that same evening.
According to a post to Facebook on The Bar’s page, fire was creeping up the building’s latticework when a local volunteer firefighter on his way to work noticed the flames. He acted promptly by calling authorities and putting out the fire, the post said.
A video circulating on Facebook shows the Brockville Fire Department searching the building for ‘hot spots’ and ensuring safety.
Local patrons and community members took to social media to send well wishes to the owner and voice their concerns. In response to the flurry of questions and comments, The Bar publicly posted a thank you to everyone for their well wishes; they stated they owed a “debt of gratitude” to the volunteer firefighter who stopped.
Boyd said that the suspect who was arrested also had a warrant out for her arrest in relation to a separate incident.
She was held for a bail hearing.