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Suspected Arsonist Targets East-End Neighbourhood

Toronto firefighters were out early Sunday morning putting out a string of east-end blazes that appear to have been the work of an arsonist.

Shortly after 4am, crews responded to 54 Wiley Ave., near Greenwood and Mortimer, where a detached single car garage and two vehicles were burning.

They quickly knocked down that fire and a number of others in garbage bins on the street.

One firefighter was injured by debris falling off the garage roof. But fortunately, no one was seriously harmed in the incident, which caused $55,000 in damage.

Toronto police and the Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


Arson Prevention Tips

– Lock all doors and windows in your home, garage, gates, and vehicles.
– Provide exterior lighting around your home at night.
– Secure a back alley or easement to restrict entry from intruders.
– Trim shrubs that may provide a possible source of combustion or cover for a criminal lurking at night.
– Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your home with the promise you’ll do likewise for them. Concentrate on houses where people are away on vacation.
– Make sure there are no sources of combustible materials left outdoors in the open, like rags, wood, gasoline cans, newspapers, old furniture, etc.
– Lock and chain barbecue propane tanks (including spare tanks) to prevent them from being used as a source of flammable material.
– Make sure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and test them monthly to confirm that they are operational.
– Plan and practice a family fire escape plan with two ways outside to a designated meeting place.
– Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
– Report any suspicious person(s) or events to the police immediately.

Source: Toronto Fire Services