Waterloo Fire Rescue, Waterloo Regional Police Services, and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario continue to investigate a series of suspicious fires

Posted On Tuesday November 10, 2020

Waterloo Fire Rescue Services is working with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario to investigate an escalating series of fires in the City of Waterloo. There are now a total of 18 separate fire incidents from September 21, 2020 through to November 9, 2020 that investigators are reviewing to determine if they are all linked.

The series of suspicious fires have occurred in a number of city neighborhoods, namely: Lakeshore Village, Laurelwood, Beechwood, and the most recent series occurring in and around the Northdale neighbourhood.

As a result of the recent series of fire incidents and ongoing joint investigation, Waterloo Fire Rescue and the City of Waterloo have taken the following actions in response to these recent incidents:  

  • Waterloo Fire Rescue are currently requesting Waterloo Regional Police Services to attend all fire incidents;
  • The city’s Corporate Security team continues to be vigilant in the community reporting any suspicious activities;
  • The city’s Municipal Enforcement Services continues to be vigilant in the community reporting any suspicious activities

Residents and business owners are reminded to be fire safe and vigilant at all times, and are being asked 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.

Waterloo Fire Rescue Service, together with the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ontario, is looking for the public’s assistance and ask that anyone with any information to contact Waterloo Regional Police Service North Division Detectives at 519-653-7700, extension 6355, or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477.  

For more information please contact:  

Richard Hepditch, Fire Chief
Waterloo Fire Rescue Waterloo
519-884-2121
richard.hepditch@waterloo.ca

Waterloo Regional Police Service
Public Information Unit
519-570-9777 ext. 8188
publicinfo@wrps.on.ca