May 17, 2017 · 3:38 PM

Ponoka RCMP have charged an individual with arson and mischief related to the fire at Rex Manor May 1. / File photo

Ponoka RCMP have charged a Rex Manor resident in the May 1 fire in one of the apartments.

Residents of the manor were forced to leave after seeing smoke coming from one of the basement apartments at Rex Manor. Witnesses said they heard a person swearing and yelling at the time the call to 911 was made.

Police have charged Denis Fortin, 39, with arson and mischief and he has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin provincial court May 23.