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York police probe series of tow truck fires

Last Updated Dec 2, 2020 at 8:21 am EST

York police are investigating after a tow truck was found on fire in a Newmarket neighbourhood on Dec. 2, 2020. (A. PRESSICK/CITYNEWS)

York police say they are investigating a series of tow truck fires, with the latest fire occurring in Newmarket Wednesday morning.

Police said they were called to the Bayview Avenue and Mulock Drive area at around 3:20 a.m. for a report that a tow truck was on fire.

The fire was quickly extinguished and nobody was injured, police said.

Wednesday morning’s incident marks the third tow truck fire in York Region over the past six days.

On Nov. 27th, police said they were called at around 3:20 a.m. to a home on Aladdin Crescent in Richmond Hill for a report that a truck was on fire.

“When officers arrived, they found a tow truck in the street, fully engulfed,” police said in a news release over the weekend. “The fire was extinguished by Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services.”

Police say they believe the truck was intentionally torched.

Later that day, at around 4 a.m., police said they received another call for a tow truck on fire — this time on Hoover Park Drive in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

“When officers arrived, they found that the fire had been extinguished by the driver of the truck and the damage was minimal,” police said. “Investigators believe that this fire was also intentionally set.”

Police continue to probe the three incidents and ask anyone with information to contact them or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.