Dundas grass fire under investigation by police
Dundas Star News

Hamilton police are investigating a Sunday, May 16, grass fire, behind homes on the north side of MacDougall Drive in Dundas.

Two Hamilton Fire Department units responded to the call shortly after 12:48 p.m. and battled the blaze for about an hour in what is apparently City of Hamilton-owned open space. Two Hamilton police officers also responded to the scene.

MacDougall Drive resident Kathleen Wilson said firefighters brought their hoses through her yard and down into the ravine to get at the fire.

“The flames were 30 to 40 feet high, and you could feel the heat of the fire from the deck off of our kitchen,” Wilson said. “The burn spans approximately four properties.”

Police spokesperson Const. Krista-Lee Ernst said investigators are following up on potential video evidence.

Ernst wouldn’t comment on reports of a small group of youths in the open space zoned land right before the fire.

“Most of your questions are evidence related and it is an active investigation and that information will not be released at this time,” she said.

Ernst said anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-4925 with reference number 21-619598.

Assistant deputy fire chief Shawn De Jager said the department received numerous 911 calls about the grass fire.

“Crews discovered smoke in the area and a large grass fire in the ravine. A second unit was dispatched and shortly thereafter the fire was knocked down by our crews,” De Jager said. “By 2 p.m. our crews were clearing the scene.”

He said the cause was reported as “unknown.”

Ontario Fire Marshal spokesperson Kristy Denette said the office is not investigating.

“It was not reported to us,” Denette said. “We tend to investigate if the fire involves serious injury, fatalities or significant loss.”


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