MacKay Street fire

Firefighters responded to a suspicious fire at a vacant residence on MacKay Street in New Glasgow. A 41-year-old woman has been arrested in relation to the fire, as well as several others in the town and Stellarton.

(New Glasgow Regional Police photo)

A 41-year-old New Glasgow woman is facing nine counts of arson following a string of fires dating back to January 2020.

New Glasgow Regional Police arrested the woman at her Stewart Street home on July 10 while conducting a search warrant in relation to arson investigations.

She's facing seven counts of arson; two counts of arson with disregard to human life; and three counts of mischief.

Police say the charges are the result of investigating 10 separate incidents involving a total of five vacant residences, two occupied residences, one business, and three cases involving property.

The fires, which were deemed suspicious, occurred between Jan. 5, 2020, and July 7, 2021, in New Glasgow and Trenton. 

The woman was remanded into custody and scheduled to appear in provincial court in Pictou on July 12.

The New Glasgow Regional Police's Major Crime Unit handled the investigation, with assistance from the members of the New Glasgow, Trenton and Stellarton fire departments, as well as the Office of the Fire Marshal. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information related to these arsons is asked to contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS, submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.