Man arrested for 2011 heritage building fire
On January 3, 2011 Toronto Fire fought back the flames at the heritage building at 335 Yonge Street. The fully engulfed building lead to three firefighters being treated at hospital, two of which battling head injuries.
The building where Salad King was located on Yonge at Gould Street had been abandoned when there was a partial collapse in 2010.
On July 12 firefighters responded to a fire at 123 Sackville Street. The fire was investigated as an arson.
On Friday a man was arrested on an unrelated matter by the Toronto Police and investigated for both fires.
Today Stewart Poirier, 53, of Toronto, was charged with two counts of arson-damage to property, two counts of arson-disregard for human life, two counts of mischief endangering life, attempted murder and two counts of failure to comply with probation.
During a press conference at Toronto Police headquarters Insp. Gary Meissner said that motive for the fire is not being released at this time. When questioned as to if the suspect was hired to commit the Yonge Street fire, as had been speculated at the time of the fire, Meissner did not rule it out saying that the case is still under investigation.