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Unhappy customer returns to set fire to business

No one was injured after the man poured gas on the carpet in the lobby then set it on fire
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Guelph police say a man returned to a business and tried to set it on fire Friday afternoon.

Police say around 4:45 p.m., a man entered a business located near the intersection of Waterloo Avenue and Edinburgh Road.

The man was upset regarding previous experiences with the business. He proceeded to dump gasoline from a jerrycan on the carpeted area of the lobby and ignited it, causing flames to reach the ceiling.

Everyone inside the business were able to exit safely through a rear door without sustaining any injury.

The Guelph Fire Department attended and extinguished the fire.

At 9:49 p.m., police found the man leaving a residence located near the intersection of Eramosa Road and Victoria Road North. He was subsequently arrested.

A 46-year-old Guelph man has been charged with:
- Arson – disregard for human life
-Arson – damage to property

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.