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Moncton fire deemed suspicious, man arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with a "suspicious" fire that caused extensive damage to a four-unit building in Moncton's north end on Wednesday, say RCMP.

No one injured, cat rescued from 104 Katherine Ave., fire officials say

The fire started in a mini barn, then spread to the house, according to Moncton fire officials. (Facebook/Don McCabe)

A man has been arrested in connection with a "suspicious" fire that caused extensive damage to a four-unit building in Moncton's north end on Wednesday, say police.

The man was arrested in the area of the fire on Katherine Avenue, but not at the site, Codiac Regional RCMP Sgt. André Pepin told CBC News.

"No charges are laid as yet. He's being questioned by a member (of the force) at this time," he said.

Firefighters were called to 104 Katherine Ave., at around 2:45 p.m., said deputy fire chief Don McCabe.

There was a heavy police presence at the scene.

The fire started in an adjacent mini barn, then spread to the attic of the building through the eaves, McCabe said.

No one was injured. At least two men and a woman were in the building and safely escaped and a cat was rescued.

A firefighter located the cat inside the burning building, administered oxygen using a special mask designed for pets, and the cat was then rushed to a local veterinarian, McCabe said.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

Sixteen firefighters responded.

With files from Kashmala Fida

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