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Orillia OPP make arrest in Rosemary Road arson

Police believe that, after a dispute, the accused, who is known to the homeowner, set the house on fire
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On Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a structure fire in the City of Orillia. 

At approximately 4:30 p.m. the Orillia OPP was called to a Rosemary Road residence with reports of a structure fire. When officers arrived on the scene The Orillia Fire Department (OFD) were tending to the fire and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) were on the scene for medical needs.

Investigation reveals that after a dispute the male who is known to the home owner set the house on fire. Police arrested the male at the scene without incident. The Orillia OPP Crime Unit was called in for the investigation.

31-year-old Spencer Phillips of Orillia has been charged with Arson Contrary to Section 433 of the Criminal Code and Assault Contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code. The accused has been held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

The Orillia Crime Unit along with the Orillia OPP continues to investigate this incident. If anyone witnessed this or has information regarding the circumstances they are encouraged to contact the Orillia OPP at 705-326-3536 or 1-888-310-1122.

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).