Arsonists who destroyed $1.1-million home could be from Mississauga or Brampton: Police

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Published April 5, 2023 at 5:13 pm

Police investigating an arson that destroyed a $1.1-million home in the small southwestern Ontario town of Aylmer believe those responsible for the deliberately set fire–one of whom likely suffered serious burn injuries–are from Mississauga, Brampton or other parts of the GTA.

Aylmer Police are appealing to Mississauga and Brampton residents, in addition to people in other GTA cities, for any information related to the fire, which was set using gasoline in the early morning hours of March 24.

Investigators believe the culprits who set fire to the newly-built and unoccupied home live in Mississauga, Brampton or elsewhere in the GTA, or have close ties to those areas, and that one of the arsonists may have suffered “significant” burn injuries.

According to police, the fire was set at about 2:30 a.m. and quickly engulfed the Aspen Pkwy. home in Aylmer, a town located southeast of London with a population of nearly 8,000.

“The investigation has determined that the fire was started with a large amount of gasoline, which exploded. It is believed that one of the suspects involved have likely sustained serious burn injuries that will require medical treatment,” police say.

“The home had been completed, however had not been moved into,” investigators added.

After setting the blaze, the culprits fled the area and were last known to be driving eastbound from Aylmer, police say.

Smoldering, discarded clothes were located close to the burning home by police upon their arrival on the scene.

Anyone with information concerning the fire or any individuals involved are asked to call police at 519-765-3144 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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