Police probing suspicious vehicle fire, theft


A large vehicle fire prompted several calls to emergency services early this morning.
According to Const. Jim Davis of the OPP, officers were called to the scene of a fire at Second Street East and Victoria Avenue at 12:17 a.m., where they discovered a large cube van on fire.
Const. Davis noted that some of the equipment in the van could have contributed to the fire.
“It did contain some gasoline and propane that was stored in there for the construction site,” he said.
“So it did sort of add fuel to the fire, literally,” added Const. Davis.
The truck was the property of Bay City Contractors who are doing the roadwork in the area.
Const. Davis said the OPP are investigating the fire as suspicious.
“They are treating it as a suspicious fire, and there’s also likely an associated theft with it,” he said.
“While the construction company is just going through the inventory right now, there was some evidence at the scene that led us to believe that there was a theft prior to the fire being set, or starting, as well,” added Const. Davis.
He also noted that the fire was large enough to cause several people to call the emergency line.
“There was about seven or eight 911 calls that came in associated with the fire,” Const. Davis said.
“So it was significant enough that it attracted quite a few people’s attentions. Sometimes when things happen, people are passersby and they think ,’I’m sure someone will/has called the police already.’ In this circumstance there were several 911 calls related to it,” he added,
Const. Davis said the police have engaged the Office of the Fire Marshal in the investigation, and any members of the public who may have information about the incident or witnessed something suspicious are asked to call 888-310-1122.