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York police investigating alleged act of arson at Markham community centre

Emergency crews responded to a fire at around 10 p.m. on Nov. 9
Nov. 13, 2023

An alleged act of arson at a Markham community centre has York police appealing for information.

According to York Regional Police, officers were called to a community centre in the area of Ninth Line and 14th Avenue at around 10 p.m. on Nov. 9 for a report of fire. When police arrived, Markham Fire and Emergency Services had already extinguished a small fire inside the building.

Through an investigation, it was determined that a window had been smashed and an accelerant was used to start a fire, say police.

The fire was contained to one area, causing extensive damage to floorboards within the building, add police.

The exact time of when the fire started is unknown; however, police say they believe it occurred after an evening meeting which ended at around 9:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

The Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified and the investigation is ongoing, say police.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity, or those with a video recording that captured any suspicious activity in the area, are asked to call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541.