Ottawa man arrested in connection with canal fires

A man from Ottawa was arrested on Sunday for allegedly being connected to several fires that were started in the canal path.

The 52-year-old man was charged with a Class A misdemeanor, criminal damage to property, after allegedly setting fire to the Illinois and Michigan canals on Sunday.

Ottawa firefighters were working to extinguish multiple fires down the canal that were set less then 15 minutes apart. The fire department also extinguished eight other fires on the canal that were thought to be set intentionally.

A witness that was nearby when multiple fires began used a cell phone camera to capture photos of the man in custody. The witness said that he saw the man bent down near dry weeds and then smoke began to rise in front of him. Additional charges may be filed against the man after the investigation is complete.

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