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Police, Waterloo Fire and Ont. Fire Marshal trying to determine if 18 fires are connected

The suspicious fires have occurred over the last three months
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Waterloo Regional Police, Waterloo Fire and the Ontario Fire Marshal are now investigating 18 suspicious fires in Waterloo over the last three months.

Police say the fires are being investigated independently; however, investigators are trying to determine if any of the incidents are related.

The following fires are under investigation:

  • On Monday, September 21, 2020, at approximately 12:05 a.m., Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Keats Way and Erbsville Road for a report of a dumpster fire.
  • On Monday, September 21, 2020, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Northlake Drive and Conservation Drive for reports of a camp fire in the woods.
  • On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at approximately 8 p.m., Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Columbia Street West and Fischer-Hallman Road for reports of a brush fire.
  • On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Gatestone Boulevard and Barrington Place for a report of a small brush fire.
  • On Saturday, October 3, 2020, at approximately 3 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Erb Street West and Roosevelt Avenue for a report of chairs beside a dumpster on fire.
  • On Saturday, October 10, 2020, at approximately 1 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Amos Avenue and Vogel Place for reports of a house fire.
  • On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at approximately 1:50 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Regina Street and William Street East for reports of a mattress on fire.
  • On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at approximately 9 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Columbia Street West and Spruce Street for reports of a garage fire.
  • On Monday, October 26, 2020, at approximately 6:50 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Lester Street and Hickory Street West for reports of a detached garage on fire.
  • On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Northfield Drive and Conestoga Parkway for reports of a transport tractor trailer; parked in a parking lot on fire.
  • On Saturday, October 31, 2020, Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Royal Beech Drive and Erbsville Court for reports of a fire in the park.
  • On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, Waterloo Fire responded to the area of University Avenue West and Seagram Drive for a report of a pile of leaves on fire.
  • On Friday, November 6, 2020, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Columbia Street West in Waterloo for a report of a garbage bin on fire.
  • On Saturday, November 7, 2020, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Weber Street North for a report of a shopping cart on fire.
  • On Sunday, November 8, 2020, at approximately 3:50 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Albert Street for a report of a recycling bin on fire.
  • On Monday, November 9, 2020, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of King Street North and Columbia Street East for a report of a garbage bin on fire.
  • On Monday, November 9, 2020, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Waterloo Fire and WRPS responded to the area of Hazel Street for a report of a pile of leaves on fire.
  • On Monday, November 9, 2020, Waterloo Fire responded to the area of Marsland Drive for a report of trees on fire.

Residents are being reminded to report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone who has information about any of the fires is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The City of Waterloo is reminding residents and business owners to do the following:

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas;
     
  • Ensure carbon monoxide alarms are installed adjacent to sleeping areas of the home;
     
  • Ensure you complete a home fire escape plan with your family by knowing two ways out of your home;
     
  • Call police if suspicious activities are observed; and,
     
  • Secure combustibles (such as brush, trash, and recycling) in a locked area until day of scheduled pick-up.
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