Police probing suspicious fire at Pickering townhouse complex

Police probing suspicious fire at Pickering townhouse complex
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Suspicious Fire on Valley Farm Road

Police are investigating a suspicious fire that forced residents of a Pickering townhouse complex from their homes early Wednesday morning.

No serious injuries were reported and all residents are accounted for following the fire, which damaged three units in the block of townhomes at 1775 Valley Farm Rd., Durham police said.

The fire was reported at about 1:20 a.m., said Durham police spokesperson Jodi MacLean.

“(Pickering firefighters) were on scene when we got there,” MacLean said. “Officers assisted with getting residents out and making sure everyone was accounted for.”

The fire appears to have started in a vehicle parked at the complex and is suspicious in nature, MacLean said. Residents reported a number of other vehicles in the vicinity being vandalized on the night of the fire.

MacLean couldn't confirm how many vehicles were affected or if those incidents were linked to the fire. But she said police are examining damaged vehicles in the area as part of the investigation.

Residents of affected units have been displaced as a result of the fire, which chased them from their beds in the middle of the night.

Georgia Zafiris was visiting her sister in a neighbouring residence at the complex that was not damaged by the fire. She said residents were sent scrambling as they became aware of the danger.

“It felt like a movie,” said Zafiris. “My sister was screaming, ‘There’s a fire, get out of the house.' ”

The fire was quickly deemed to be suspicious in nature, Pickering Deputy fire Chief Steve Boyd said Wednesday morning.

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