42-year-old woman charged with arson after massive weekend fire in downtown Hamilton

Hamilton police have charged a 42-year-old woman with arson and committing a break and enter after a massive fire in the city’s core that destroyed a historic building.

No one was injured in the blaze, which the fire department said was first reported at 6 a.m. Saturday, but it gutted 206 King Street W., a century-old building that was the former site of the Hamilton Store Fixtures and a radio station.

Const. Indy Bharaj told CBC Hamilton when police arrived witnesses said they saw someone jump out of the building as it was on fire.

“With a description and direction of travel for the person provided by witnesses, police were able to locate the female on the rooftop of Jackson Square,” he said.

She was arrested that day and through further investigation, was charged, he said. She has since been released, Bharaj added, and will be in court at a later date.

The investigation is ongoing, but police aren’t aware of any other suspects right now, they said. 

The cause of the fire is also still under investigation.

Toronto developer Vernon Shaw, who turned the Pigott building in downtown Hamilton into condos, had a plan for the building.

Dubbed the Radio Arts Building, the project said it would be 15 floors and include 117 units ranging between 450 square feet and 550 square feet. It also planned for brick-and-beam offices and retail in front.

It is unclear how the fire may impact the development. 

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