Another tow truck set ablaze in Oshawa in ongoing turf war

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Published May 25, 2024 at 12:05 pm

Oshawa Fire

Another tow truck was set ablaze in Oshawa early this morning, just a few weeks after half a dozen tow trucks were set on fire in what is being described in the industry as a turf war.

The Saturday morning fire happened at a plaza at Windfield Farms Drive and Simcoe Street. Oshawa Fire was on the scene quickly to get the blaze under control and prevent it spreading to other vehicles and nearby buildings.

The fire that destroyed the vehicles earlier in May happened in the wee hours of May 4 in an industrial area in the city’s south end near Farewell Street and Raleigh Avenue. The area is home to several automotive businesses such as a mechanic, a Durham Region Transit bus depot and Jim’s Towing.

By the time first responders arrived, they found the tow trucks and a personal vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

That blaze is being investigated as arson. Durham Regional Police have not yet released a statement on this morning’s fire.

Last fall tow trucks were burned in Clarington, Ajax and on at least two occasions in Oshawa.

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