Police investigating suspicious fire in Ford City

Windsor Police Service News Update
March 7, 2024
Case #: 24-25950
Police investigating suspicious fire in Ford City

The Windsor Police Service is investigating a suspicious fire in the Ford City neighbourhood.

On March 6, 2024, shortly after 1 p.m., officers responded to an active fire at a commercial property in the 2600 block of Metcalfe St. An office trailer on the premises was engulfed in flames, and members of Windsor Fire & Rescue Services quickly extinguished the blaze.

The trailer was vacant and no one was physically injured in the incident. However, the fire caused roughly $70,000 in damages.

The cause of this incident remains undetermined, but the Windsor Police Arson Unit is treating the fire as suspicious. Surveillance footage shows an unknown person entering the property at approximately 12:45 p.m., approaching the trailer, and leaving roughly 15 minutes later. The footage does not provide a detailed image of the person.

Investigators urge residents and business owners in the area to check their surveillance or dashcam footage for possible evidence. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windsor Police Arson Unit at 519-255-6700, ext. 4330. They can also contact Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call Victim Services Windsor Essex County at 519-723-2711 or the Victim Assistance Unit at Windsor Police at 519-255-6700, ext. 4879.

Tips to help prevent fires

Amidst an increase in suspicious fires, residents and business owners are reminded of the following safety tips:
• Secure all entry points to residential and commercial properties.
• Remove highly flammable items from outdoor areas.
• Keep outdoor lighting on at night.
For further information:
Contact the WPS Corporate Communication Unit's Public Information Officer at (519) 255-6700 ext. 4441.

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