Arsonist carefully planned Church Street fire
January 8, 2020
Dennis Peddle’s life was on a downward spiral — fuelled by mental illness, alcohol addiction and financial stress — when he torched a house he was renovating in the fall of 2015, a judge heard Wednesday.
He carefully organized and carried out his detailed plans in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2015, setting fire to the unoccupied home at 168 Church St.
He purchased three cans of gasoline outside the city, dressed in clothes he bought at Value Village, wore gloves, covered his face and had coverings over his shoes so he wouldn’t leave any footprints, parked his vehicle on another street and snuck into the house.
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