Officer charged with attempted murder, arson


ORILLIA An Ontario Provincial Police officer faces several charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a fire at a home in Timmins.

Const. Cecile Fournel, 52, is also charged with arson, disregard for human life and administering a noxious thing, according to an OPP press release.

She is being held in custody until she appears in a Timmins court tomorrow.

The Timmins Fire Department responded to a house fire on Feb. 25, according to the release.

The lone female occupant managed to escape unharmed, but the fire caused extensive damage to the house.

The statement says Fournel and the female occupant are known to each other outside of the officer's professional duties.

Fournel is a 10-year member of the OPP and is stationed at the South Porcupine detachment.

She has been suspended from duty.

The investigation into the fire was conducted jointly by the Timmins Police Service and the OPP, who describe the case as an isolated incident.