Investigators comb through debris at Cedar Memorial Gardens after a fire Feb. 15.

Investigators comb through debris at Cedar Memorial Gardens after a fire Feb. 15.

Charges laid for suspicious fire in Cedar

NANAIMO – Fifty-four year old Nanaimo man charged for suspicious fire in Cedar.

A 54-year-old Nanaimo man has been charged in connection with a suspicious fire in Cedar Sunday.

The fire happened at Cedar Memorial Gardens when natural gas lines supplying the buildings at the cemetery were allegedly broken and the gas ignited, causing heavy damage to the building.

Martin Taylor was arrested hours later under suspicion of starting the fire and appeared in Nanaimo provincial court Tuesday where he was formally charged with intentionally and recklessly causing damage by fire, mischief exceeding $5,000, mischief under $5,000 and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Taylor’s next court appearance is set for March 22.