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Four fires in four days

The Fort Erie fire department put out a blaze on Bertie Street early Sunday morning, and although it is being considered, the acting fire chief says it doesn't appear connected to two other suspicious fires last Thursday. Harry Rosettani/Special to the Times

The Fort Erie fire department put out a blaze on Bertie Street early Sunday morning, and although it is being considered, the acting fire chief says it doesn't appear connected to two other suspicious fires last Thursday. Harry Rosettani/Special to the Times

Kris Dube

Special to the Times

Fort Erie’s acting fire chief Keith German says there is reason to believe that a suspicious fire involving 13 used cars and another that took place a short distance away later the same day are connected.

The first incident occurred in the early morning of Thursday, March 9.

The Niagara Regional Police said the car fires are believed to have been deliberately set around 4 a.m. and that a suspect was seen walking in the neighbourhood around 3:40 a.m.

The vehicles were parked at two auto shops in the area of Lewis and Wintemute streets.

Later in the afternoon, the Fort Erie fire department responded to a structure fire at 5 Lewis St., a very short distance from the several vehicles set ablaze earlier in a suspected act of arson.

A fire at the three-apartment building caused about $10,000 worth of damage and is also being treated as suspicious. The Ontario Fire Marshal will also investigate, along with the NRP and FEFD.

German said the police are still investigating but it does appear that the fires are related.

“We’re not 100 per cent on that but it does look like they’re connected,” he said Monday.

“The same person kind of popped up in our investigation.”

On Sunday morning, fire officials attended the scene of another suspicious fire on Bertie Street. Nobody was inside the building at the time and damage is estimated to be more than $200,000.

Anybody with information can call Fort Erie detectives at 905-688-4111, ext. 2300.

The Ontario Fire Marshal has conducted investigations at each scene.

The Bertie Street blaze does not appear to be connected to Thursday’s fires, according to the acting fire chief.

On Saturday, the fire department was also called to an address on Elmwood Avenue in Crystal Beach for a fire that caused about $150,000 in damage.

German says that fire was caused by a plumber thawing frozen pipes at the house. 



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