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Fire lit outside PM residence

Last Updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010 | 12:34 AM ET

A man is in custody after flammable liquid was poured onto the sidewalk outside the prime minister's official residence and set on fire, Ottawa police say.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the property outside 24 Sussex Drive.

The suspect remained at the scene and was arrested by RCMP officers around 9:15 pm ET, Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. Michael Haarbosch said. The man was later handed over to Ottawa police.

Haarbosch said that at no time was Prime Minister Stephen Harper or his family at risk, although he wouldn't comment on whether they were inside the residence at the time of the incident.

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