OPP Investigate Belmont-Area Fires

Provincial police in Elgin County are looking for suspects after recent fires in the Belmont-area.

Police say a century home on Dyer St. in Belmont was destroyed by what’s believed to have been a deliberately set fire on August 24. The blaze broke out around 2am in the garage.

The lone occupant of the house was able to escape without injury.

While on the scene, police and firefighters got a report of a barn fire in the area of Belmont Rd. and Wilson Ln.

The hay-filled barn was also destroyed.

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

“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,” says Inspector Brad Fishleigh, Elgin County OPP detachment commander. “These incidents are very serious and costly and in the case of the residential fire on Dyer St. 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.”