Woman charged in Charlottetown apartment building fire that injured 3

A 39-year-old woman has been charged with arson in connection with a fire at a Euston Street apartment building on Monday.

'Serious' charges after fire broke out early Monday while some tenants were still asleep

Three people were injured when flames broke out at a Charlottetown, P.E.I. apartment building on Monday morning. (Tony Davis/CBC)

A 39-year-old woman has been charged with arson and disregard for human life in connection with a fire at a Charlottetown apartment building on Easter Monday.

The accused woman, Grace May Sark of Murray Harbour, is due back in court on May 6.

The Charlottetown Fire Department was called to the fire at an apartment building on Euston Street at about 7:15 a.m. Monday. Three people were injured in the fire, including a police officer. 

All three went to hospital. The police officer was treated for smoke inhalation and the other two people had minor injuries. All three have since been released.

Police said on Tuesday that the fire was considered suspicious and they had identified a person of interest.

Sark was a guest of a person who lives in the apartment where the fire started, Charlottetown police said on Thursday after she was charged.

Deputy Chief Brad MacConnell called the charges "serious" given that the fire broke out in a multi-unit building in the early morning hours, when many people would be asleep.

Charges have been laid against a woman who was staying overnight with a person who lives in the Euston Street apartment where the fire broke out, police said Thursday. (Tony Davis/CBC)

More than 20 residents of the building were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was helping with accommodations for those without a place to stay.

Building managers told CBC News most of the damage was contained to the area around the apartment where the fire started, adding that residents of all but two badly damaged units should be allowed back soon. 

As restoration crews worked on the building Thursday, one tenant told CBC News he expects to be out of his apartment for six weeks.

Luckily, he said, his tenants' insurance is covering his stay in a local hotel.

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With files from Brian Higgins