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Investigators from the Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for several fires that have been set in the Belmont, Central Elgin area over the past month.

On August 24th, 2014 around 2:06 a.m. Central Elgin Fire and Elgin OPP responded to a residential house fire on Dyer Street, Belmont, Central Elgin. The lone occupant of the residence was able to get out safely; however, the residence was completely destroyed by the blaze.

Police and the Fire Marshalls are continuing to investigate and believe the fire to have been intentionally set in the garage area of the residence.

The century home had just been completely renovated, damage estimates have not yet been determined.

While still on scene at the residential fire, police and Fire Services received a report of a barn fire in the area of Belmont Road and Wilson Line, Central Elgin. The barn, which contained hay, was completely destroyed by the fire. No one was injured in the blaze which has been deemed as suspicious in nature. A damage estimate has not yet been set.

Police also continue to investigate a small fire that appears to been intentionally set sometime between August 4th and August 11th, 2014 in the backyard porch area of a residence on Lorne Street in Belmont, Central Elgin.

"While we can't comment on the specifics of the investigation, it has been determined that the residential fires were intentionally set. In the case of the barn fire, we have determined it to be suspicious in nature. These incidents are very serious and costly and in the case of the residential fire on Dyer Street, could have been deadly. We have increased our patrols of the area utilizing both marked and unmarked police vehicles, as well as officers conducting foot patrols. Our Crime Unit members have been engaged and are actively investigating. We are; however, urging the public to remain alert and report any suspicious activity immediately to police. If you see something or someone that doesn't seem right, please call us right away and we will have an officer look into it. If anyone has information about these fires, please call police," stated Inspector Brad Fishleigh, Elgin County OPP Detachment Commander.

Investigators are asking that any person with information regarding these two fires to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or 519-631-2920, or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


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