The North Bay Police are calling two early morning fires arson.
At 3 this morning police were called to a residence on York Street regarding a fire in a recycling bin in front of the complainant’s home. The fire was extinguished by police as well as the property owner and no one was observed in the area by responding officers.
Only a half-hour later, Police were contacted again regarding a second fire in the 400 block area of York Street. Police attended the scene and observed that a garbage can and recycling bin were on fire and that the fire spread to the house.
The Police entered the home and a resident was safely removed. The NBPS were able to contain the fire by using extinguishers from the cruisers until the arrival of North Bay Fire and Emergency Services, who extinguished the fire.
Community Safety Coordinator for the NBPS, John Shultz, says the fire had spread and was going up the side of the home.
“The recycling bin was on fire and close to the home, and the fire went up the siding. It was good that the officers were able to contain it enough because you never know. I’m not sure of the age of the home, but once it gets into the wood part… it’s a bad thing. It spreads fast. Anyone with any relevant information, or if any homeowners have any surveillance video and see individuals walking around the neighbourhood around that time of the morning, we would be interested in contacting them.”
Shultz said that this is an active criminal investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact NBPS at 705-497-5555.
For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.