Police originally responded to assist Cape Breton Regional Fire Services with Traffic Control surrounding the structure fire on the Esplanade at approximately 1:40 PM on May 3rd. The Forensic Ident Unit and Arson Investigator were later called to assist the Fire Marshall's Office with an investigation into the cause of the fire. Witness information led police to arrest a male suspect just before midnight, and a result of further investigation, police charged Derek Joseph Harris with Arson and a Breach of Probation.
Sydney Fire Services contained the large fire in an area that was barricaded with the assistance of CBRM Public Works. Police and Fire Services also received assistance from Nova Scotia Power and EHS, while several other Fire Services remained on standby.
No one was injured as a result of this fire.