Arsonist sets home, multiple cars on fire in Toronto overnight
10 cars, 1 house damaged in neighbourhood near Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
An arsonist set fire to as many as 10 cars and a house in Toronto overnight Friday, according to the Toronto Fire Services.
Fire crews received a call at around 3:30 a.m. ET to 24 Burnham Dr. in the Mount Pleasant Road and St. Clair Avenue area for a car fire. When they arrived they found a car and house ablaze.
Doug Bryce woke up a shortly after 3 a.m. to find his home on fire.
“We woke up, realized what was going on, we grabbed the kids and we ran,” Bryce said.
“The garage was on fire,” he said. “It was a big fire, the neighbours were gathering, the car five houses down was also fully on fire.”
Bryce’s brother was in the lower level of the home but managed to escape unharmed.
Fire officials confirm they received multiple calls for fire — set mainly to cars — all over the neighbourhood on Burnham Road, Brendan Road and Evegreen Gardens.
In total there were seven fires that spread to include 10 vehicles.
"It’s insane and disturbing," Bryce said.
Police were examining a smashed window at the Hasty Market at Bayview and Moore Avenues. They believe that the same suspect in that incident then went on an arson spree.