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Raging car fire spreads to central Hamilton homes

Emergency crews pulled an elderly woman from a home overnight while firefighters spent hours working to douse a car fire that was spreading into two homes in central Hamilton.

Fire Marshal now investigating, police believe fire was intentionally set

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating after a fire destroyed a car and damaged two homes on St. Clair Boulevard overnight. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

Emergency crews pulled an elderly woman from a home overnight while firefighters spent hours working to douse a car fire that was spreading into two homes in central Hamilton.

Investigators are still trying to figure out just what caused the fire, but police believe it was intentionally set.

Trucks rushed to the scene on St. Clair Boulevard just after 11 p.m. Monday, said Public Information Officer Claudio Mostacci. There, they found an SUV in a driveway totally engulfed in flames, with fire starting to spread into two adjacent homes.

"The vehicle was a total write off," Mostacci said.

Emergency responders searched the homes, and rescued an elderly woman who did not end up needing medical attention, said police Const. Steve Welton.

Between the vehicle and the two homes, damages are estimated at $60,000, Welton said.

The Ontario Fire Marshal is on scene Tuesday investigating, but police expect the local arson unit will take over.

"They believe it was intentionally set, starting inside of the vehicle," Welton said.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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