A 35-year-old man from New Glasgow is facing a number of charges following an arson in Hillside on Aug. 8.
At approximately 3:05 a.m., Pictou District RCMP was dispatched to a complaint of a fire at a home on Pictou Landing Road in Hillside.
Upon arrival, police learned that the fire had been deliberately set while three people were in the home. The occupants advised police they smelled gasoline just before smelling smoke. They quickly evacuated the home as it went up in flames.
Despite the best efforts of local fire departments, the home was severely damaged by the fire. The fire departments were able to keep the fire from spreading to any nearby homes. No one was injured as a result of the arson.
Police had been called to the same home on July 28, where a man uttered threats to burn the home down but had fled the area prior to police arrival.
Investigators were able to gather additional evidence that lead them to arrest Scott Mitchell Anderson. He was located later in the day on Aug. 8 and, after a short foot chase, the man was arrested without incident.
Anderson has been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing and is charged with:
- arson – disregard for human life (three counts)
- uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm
- uttering threats to property
He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Pictou on Aug. 12 at 11:00 a.m.
The investigation is continuing and is being supported by the provincial Fire Marshal’s Office.