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Manslaughter charge laid in Cathcart Street fire

He has also been charged with one count of arson endangering life
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Police are investigating a fire at 549 Cathcart St., awaiting Fire Marshal’s arrival, June 17, 2019. Darren Taylor/SooToday

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SAULT STE MARIE POLICE SERVICE
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On June 18, 2019, officers with the Investigation Services Unit of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service arrested 32-year-old Thomas Marttinen of Cathcart Street for manslaughter. 

It’s alleged in the early morning hours of June 17, 2019, the accused deliberately set a fire inside a residence in the 500 block of Cathcart Street.

One resident, 65-year-old Bernard Agawa, died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire. 

Police located the accused on June 18, 2019, and took him into custody. He is charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of arson endangering life. He was held for bail court.

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