Thunder Bay police are investigating the city's first murder of the year. They say a 54 year old man died in hospital around 1 o'clock Saturday morning after he walked into a break-in in progress at a home on the 800 block of Minnesota Street. His 45 year old female friend told police he was assaulted. The victim is identified as Robert Francis Topping. Police have arrested two men and are still looking for two others aged 18 and 20 years old.
5 firetrucks rushed to a fire that broke out in the 500 block of S. Syndicate ave. No one was home at the time but firemen were able to rescue a dog safely. The fire was brought under control quickly although there had been substantial damage to the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.