A 19-year-old Tracadie man was charged Tuesday with murder after a weekend house fire on the Acadian Peninsula killed a man and a woman and seriously injured another man.
Benoit Bertin was arrested Monday and appeared in provincial court in Tracadie, where he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of arson, according to an RCMP news release.
However, Radio-Canada reported Bertin is accused of murdering Léona Boudreau and Jacques Brideau and with attempting to murder Michel Boudreau.
After a court-ordered 30-day psychiatric evaluation, Bertin is to appear in provincial court in Tracadie on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.
RCMP said they received a 911 call just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday about the fire at a two-storey home in Six Roads on Route 150 north of Tracadie.
When police arrived, the building was in flames. One man was able to escape the blaze and was taken to hospital in critical condition, according to an RCMP release.
During a search of the burned-out house the next day, police found the bodies of a man and a woman.
Because the fire was so intense, causing extensive damage to the building, police have still not confirmed there was no one else in the house.
Police had previously told Radio-Canada that one person died in the fire and one was still missing.
Calls to the RCMP were not immediately answered Tuesday afternoon.