A 19-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and arson in connection with a house fire in Six Roads, N.B, about 10 kilometres north of Tracadie.
On November 12, 2017, around 1:30 a.m., the Northeast District RCMP responded to a report of a house fire on Route 150 in Six Roads. When they arrived, the house was completely engulfed in flames. One man was able to get out of the house and was taken to hospital in Fredericton, where he remains in critical condition. A second man was located by police a short distance away and was arrested.
On November 13, 2017, a search of the burned-out home led to the discovery of the bodies of a man and a woman. An investigation is underway to confirm the identity of both people. Due to the intense nature of the fire, police are still working to determine there was no one else in the house at the time of the fire.
On November 14, 2017, 19-year-old Benoit Bertin of Tracadie appeared in Tracadie Provincial Court and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of arson. He was sent for a 30 day psychiatric evaluation and is scheduled to appear in Tracadie Provincial Court on December 13, 2017 at 11 a.m.
The investigation is continuing.