Arson charges laid in Montague, P.E.I. fire

A 37-year-old man has been charged with arson following a fire in Montague, P.E.I., late Saturday night.

A 37-year-old man has been charged with arson after a Saturday night fire in Montague, P.E.I.

Montague RCMP say Joseph Jude Gallant of no fixed address was known to one of the two families that lived in the Maple Street duplex.

Emergency crews responded to the blaze around 11 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor who was awoken by a smoke detector.

The fire caused serious damage to the duplex and as a result one family is temporarily out of its home.

Gallant has been charged with two counts of arson, uttering threats, breach of a court order, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and damage to property.

He's been remanded into custody and will appear in Provincial Court on Tuesday in Charlottetown.

RCMP said Gallant was the only person of interest in their investigation. He was taken into custody in Montague shortly after the fire. Further arrests aren't anticipated, police said.