Suspicious fires under investigation

Greater Napanee firefighters look for hot spots at the scene of a barn fire on County Road 2 west of Napanee on Sept. 11. (Seth DuChene photo)

By Seth DuChene

A number of fires in recent weeks have prompted the OPP, Greater Napanee Emergency Services and the Office of the Fire Marshal to open up an investigation.

The OPP say that there have been several suspicious fires in the Greater Napanee area since August. Most of the fires have involved abandoned structures and grass fires.

An unused barn on County Road 2 west of Napanee was completely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours on Sept. 11. At the time, fire officials said they were treating the fire as suspicious. It’s not clear whether the Sept. 11 fire is among the fires included in the ongoing investigation.

The OPP say the Napanee Crime Unit, GNES and the Office of the Fire Marshal are “working collaboratively to investigate the circumstances surrounding these fires.”

If anyone witnessed these fires or has information regarding the circumstances, they are being encouraged to contact Napanee OPP at 613-354-3369 or 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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