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Ottawa Police investigating two confirmed arsons

Ottawa Police are investigating two separate weekend fires at 320 Wiggins Private and 1550 Michael Street.

File photo of an Ottawa Police car.

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File photo of an Ottawa Police car.

Police said Sunday that they’re continuing to investigate two fires that took place over the weekend.

Ottawa Fire Service said they were called to 320 Wiggins Pvt. at 10 p.m. Saturday evening after smoke set off fire alarms in the hallway of the third floor of the building.

Sergeant David Christie said the Ottawa police’s arson unit investigated the fire and ruled out non-arson sources.

“We eliminated other possible causes and, therefore, believe it to be a deliberately set fire,” said Christie. “Apparently, this is one of several fires that have been set in the building in the past few weeks.”

Police are continuing to investigate.

Fire Services received a separate call hours later around 3 a.m. on Sunday for a garage fire at 1550 Michael St. in the east end.

The call to 911 reported flames and smoke coming from Johnny’s Auto Sales, a car dealership close to the St. Laurant Centre. Ottawa Fire Services said the fire was quickly put out.

In the investigation that followed Christie said the Ottawa Police arson unit found evidence the fire was deliberately set in two different locations on the property. No one was injured.

Video surveillance from the shop showed two suspects approaching the property and police are still analyzing the footage.

Members of the public with information on either fire can call the Ottawa Police arson unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 3770. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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