Someone set fire to an individual room in a residence building at Hamilton’s McMaster University over the weekend.
Hamilton Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old male after responding to a fire alarm call at the Bates residence building on McMaster’s campus on January 28th at around 2 pm.
Once on the scene, police and Hamilton Fire located the unit that was on fire and promptly extinguished it. Thankfully, the fire was contained to one suite of 4 rooms, and no injuries have been caused by the incident.
20-year-old Hamilton resident Ruomu Ba has been charged with Arson – Disregard for Human Life, and Hamilton Police are continuing their investigation.
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE ROOM SET ON FIRE 2 pm Sat Jan 28 at 1280 Main W, Hamilton. Fire extinguished, no injuries. Ruomu Ba 20 from Hamilton (male) charged w arson. pic.twitter.com/BegT2w9pOi— Chronicle.Lance (@ChronicleLance) January 29, 2023
“That anyone would set a deliberate fire is deeply disturbing, especially in a student residence,” said Sean Van Koughnett, McMaster’s associate vice president (Students and Learning) and dean of students.
“We are grateful for the quick response by McMaster Security Services, Hamilton fire and police and will help in whatever way we can in the investigation.”
Read the full release from McMaster University here.