A 25-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning following a fire at a unit in Belconnen last night (Monday, 21 April).
Around 6.35pm, members from Belconnen Police Station responded to a report of a disturbance in a unit in Howie Court, Belconnen. On arrival they saw a unit on fire.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire, however a number of residents in nearby units had to be evacuated.
Witnesses identified a man as deliberately lighting the fire to the unit which had two people inside at the time. The residents were evacuated with no reported injuries.
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The unit sustained fire damage and up to eight units have smoke damage. Investigations into the fire are continuing.
The 25-year-old man was taken to the City Police Station where he was interviewed and subsequently charged with arson.