York Regional Police say they responded to a 911 call in the town of East Gwillimbury on Thursday and once on the scene, police and firefighters found black smoke billowing from the home.
Most of those inside managed to get out of the smoke-filled house but told police that a woman was still in the basement.
Firefighters entered the home and rescued a 32-year-old woman. No one was injured.
Justin Jenson, 26, of East Gwillimbury, is charged with arson with disregard for human life.
He’s also charged with obstructing a peace officer, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.
(The Canadian Press)
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