Man arrested for starting fire near Canadian PM's residence

It was not known whether Harper and his family were home at the time of the incident, which occurred last evening.

Sergeant Mike Laviolette said the man poured a flammable substance on the sidewalk and lit it just outside the PM's residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, before being arrested by RCMP officers.

The man, whose identity is not being released, was then handed over to Ottawa police because the incident occurred on public property.

Charges have yet to be laid. Laviolette said the man will likely be questioned today.

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