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Charges laid against shop’s co-owner in London fire

Fire crews respond to a fire at Quality Auto Body & Collision in London, Ontario in mid-April. The shop's co-owner has been charged with arson.

London, Ontario — May 3, 2017 — Charges have been laid against the co-owner of a bodyshop in London, Ontario, according to a statement from London Police Service. The charges stem from a fire that took place at Quality Auto Body & Collision in the early morning hours of April 18, 2017. The total damage from the fire was estimated at about $200,000.

A statement from London Police Service indicates that an initial inspection at the time of the fire determined that the blaze appeared to be suspicious, and the Ontario Fire Marshal was notified.

James Shaw, the shop’s co-owner, has been charged with arson and arson to own property endangering the property of others in connection with the fire.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information can also be sent anonymously online through londoncrimestoppers.com.

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