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Man charged in Yonge and Gould arson faces 29 more charges

TORONTO, Ont. – A man charged with arson in connection with the six-alarm fire at a heritage building at Yonge Street and Gould Street is facing 29 more charges.

53-year-old Stewart Poirier appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges related to a total of 13 suspected arsons.

Crown attorney Rita Maxwell introduced new charges including several counts of arson as well as mischief, threatening bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon.

The fire at the Empress Hotel in January, 2011, caused $3-million in damage.  

Poirier was arrested this month and was charged with nine offences, including attempted murder and multiple counts of arson.

The new charges are in connection with fires that happened between April and July of this year.  

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