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Arson suspected in string of downtown Toronto fires

By Brandigal (Donna)     Jul 3, 2007 in Crime
Toronto firefighters were busy Monday morning fighting fires, one after the other and sometimes at the same time, between 4:30 am and 8:30 am. They battled about 6 fires in total.
Toronto firefighters received the first call about 4:29 am about a fire on Shaw street. They responded to that and in the next four hours responded to other fires on Crawford Street, Shaw Street further north, Pendrith Street, Melville Avenue, and finally at 8:30 am Dupont and Bathurst Street.
Two hundred firefighters and 59 trucks were used to fight these fires that involved “A couple of detached houses...we’ve got garages, we’ve got garbage containers, and a car,” according to Stephan Powell, District Chief, Information Services, Toronto Fire. He also said “(It’s) very unusual to get that many fires in such a short period of time,” “It is suspected that it would be arson.”
The house fire on Shaw street reached a two-alarm designation. No one was hurt in the fires. One cat was killed.
One fire was called in by firefighters responding to a call and seen smoke from another building.
They believe the fires are the work of an arsonist. They have no suspects yet but it is being investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal.
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