Lennox and Addington OPP report third suspicious fire inside a week

The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to aid in the investigation of a third suspicious fire to take place in Lennox and Addington County this week. Photo by Daniel Tastard Homer/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at 11:04 a.m. Please see the bottom of the article for the latest updates.

Another fire in Stone Mills Township has been deemed suspicious in nature, according to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

At approximately 1:33 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, officers from the L&A OPP and crews with the Stone Mills Fire Department responded to a garage fire in Stone Mills Township. Police did not say where specifically the fire occurred, but detailed that the fire spread from the garage to the house, causing some damage.

“No one was injured,” the L&A OPP said in a press release around 10:30 a.m. the same day.

“It is unknown at this time if the fire is related to the October 23 fires.”

Those fires were the ones that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 23, 2023 – one at the Lennox Agricultural Memorial Community Centre in Napanee, the other at a residence in Stone Mills Township – a home of Lennox Agricultural Society’s president and acting secretary-treasurer. Both of those fires have been deemed suspicious, and are currently under investigation by the OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshal.

According to the L&A OPP, the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate this more recent Stone Mills Township fire, as well.

“Police are seeking the public’s assistance and ask that if you or someone you know has information concerning the fires to contact the Lennox and Addington County OPP,” police said.

The L&A OPP can be reached at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous can submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), or online at Crimestoppers.ca.

Kingstonist has inquired with the L&A OPP as to where in Stone Mills Township the recent garage fire occurred. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

Update (Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 at 12:30 p.m.):
After Kingstonist determined that this fire occurred on Curl Road, just down the street from the fire that destroyed a garage and vehicle at the home of Lennox Agricultural Society’s president and acting secretary-treasurer, the OPP have now confirmed this information.

Investigators on scene at residence on Curl Road in Stone Mills Township where a fire broke out in the early morning on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. Photo by Cris Vilela.

“The residence is in the same area,” Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, said in reposne to multiple inquiries from Kingstonist.

The OPP and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal (Provincial Fire Investigations) remain on-scene at the residence carrying out investigation.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article referred to the second fire occurring at the home of the secretary-treasurer for the Lennox Agricultural Society. In fact, it is the home of the president of the Society , who is currently acting secretary-treasurer, as the former secretary-treasurer recently resigned.

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