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Niagara police seek witnesses to 'suspicious' fire

The fire broke out on Ailanthus Avenue south of Dunn Street in Niagara Falls, causing an estimated $400K in damages; no one was injured
Niagara Regional Police Service file photo

On Feb. 24, 2023, at 2:31 a.m., Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officers assigned to 2 District (Niagara Falls/Niagara-on-the-Lake), along with Niagara Falls Fire Department (NFFD), responded to a residential structure fire on Ailanthus Avenue south of Dunn Street in Niagara Falls.

The fire was extinguished by the Niagara Falls Fire Department. No one was physically injured, as the residence was unoccupied at the time. Damage caused by the fire is estimated to be $400,000.

The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious, prompting the involvement of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Detectives assigned to the 2 District Criminal Investigative Branch have assumed carriage of the investigation. They are being supported by detectives assigned to the Forensic Services Unit.

Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity on Ailanthus Avenue or in the surrounding area is asked to contact detectives. In addition, area residents with CCTV capabilities are being asked to review their surveillance footage and report any relevant information.

To contact the lead detective, dial (905) 688-4111, option 3, ext. 1007730.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.