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Two charged with arson over Friday house fire on Thunder Bay's Northern Avenue

Two people have been charged with arson in connection with a house fire on Northern Avenue in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Friday morning.

Accused also facing counts of breaking and entering, police said

Thunder Bay firefighters responded to a house fire on Friday morning at Northern Avenue and Brodie Street. (Kris Ketonen/CBC News)

Two people have been charged with arson in connection with a house fire on Northern Avenue in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Friday morning.

Firefighters said the fire at the home - located at the corner of Northern Avenue and Brodie Street - was initially reported by police.

The home was believed to have been vacant and unoccupied, but responding firefighters found police officers at the scene taking two individuals into custody.

Police said later Friday the officers had responded to a call about a break-and-enter at the residence shortly after 8:37 am. and while there, noticed the home was on fire and contacted firefighters.

Responding firefighters encountered heavy smoke coming from a second-storey window, but because the residence was barricaded, firefighting efforts were hindered until entry into the residence could be made.

By that point, the fire had spread throughout the home's attic, and an aggressive attack was directed at the second floor from outside the structure.

Meanwhile, other firefighters searched the home for other occupants, but nobody was found, allowing crews to fully extinguish the fire

No injures were reported. Fire damage was concentrated on the second floor, but the rest of the home sustained heavy water and structural damage, firefighters said.

Police said a 34-year-old woman and 27-year-old man have each been charged with arson and breaking and entering.

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