Norfolk OPP and fire department were despatched to a fire on Concession 6, Townsend, Monday evening, where a shed and residence were on fire. Officers attempted to enter the home but were foiled by smoke.
A person found on the property indicated they had a firearm and then fled from the area. Ffirefighters extinguished the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading to a nearby residence.
OPP Canine Services along with members of the Emergency Response Team utilized an OPP Remote Piloted Aerial System and an individual was subsequently taken into custody without incident.
Investigators have charged 39-year-old Shawn Michael Drew of Norfolk County with arson – damage to own property contrary to Section 434.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe at a later date.