Officers with the Kenora OPP and the Kenora Fire and Emergency Service are investigating a number of possible arson incidents which took place throughout the community last night.
Reported fires include a newspaper box, a crossing guard station, a dumpster, a tree and a pick-up truck, with more possible fires still to be found.
Deputy Fire Chief with KFS, Dave Pratt, says crews are working alongside the OPP to determine if these incidents may be related, and provided more information to Q104 and KenoraOnline on the vehicle fire this morning.
“There was a truck on fire in a driveway on Highway 17, around approximately 6:30 a.m. It was the truck bed that was involved. I believe it was filled with paper and debris,” explained Pratt, who notes Pellatt crews were also on scene. “That fire was extinguished without incident. It didn’t get into the structure.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kenora OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
These incidents come on the same day that the Hungry Pug Cafe on Second Street South, as well as a few apartment buildings above it, burnt to the ground. The call was originally reported as a dumpster fire to KFS shortly after 2 a.m. early Tuesday morning, and the building’s now a ‘total loss’.
The OPP notes they are continuing to investigate a small fire that was reported at Garrow Park on Sunday.