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Firefighters called to douse burning bookcase over reading week

Adam Feibel | Fulcrum Staff

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING into a possible arson after a burning bookshelf was discovered in the stairwell of the Arts building at the University of Ottawa.

Firefighters were called to put out the small blaze around 1 a.m. on Feb. 18 after security reported alarms. The crews made quick work of finding the third-floor fire and dousing the flames.

University officials describe the incident as suspicious, and an investigation is ongoing.

Media relations manager Caroline Milliard said the preliminary assessment indicated it could be arson.

“Because the matter is under investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment any further,” said Milliard.

The fire is reported to have caused $2,000 in damages.