Nine vehicles torched, arson investigation likely

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The carnage left by a suspected arsonist in the city's east end where vehicles impounded by City Tow were set ablaze.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The towing war in Cornwall is heating up again, literally, as nine vehicles were torched at a City Tow impound lot early Friday.

The lot contained vehicles that were classified as police impounds, or other cars that had been involved in accidents and were waiting to be processed.

No one was injured.

In a press release the Cornwall Fire Department said it responded shortly after 2 a.m. with two vehicles and eight personnel to fight the flames.

It's the third time City Tow has been targetted by firebugs - though on this occasion Bill Fell's tow truck was locked up inside and went undamaged.

"My tow truck is fine," he said in an interview.

But the nine vehicles that were set ablaze have been completely destroyed.

The impound lot is located on Montreal Road near Danis Avenue and this incident is the third occasion where City Tow has been attacked. The previous two occasions the tow truck itself was destroyed.

"I'm sure they're linked, but it's only my opinion," said Fell.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to police charges and a conviction.

Fell said he is keeping some other details under wraps for now, in an effort to let police do their job.

"I want to limit the amount of information that I'm putting out," he said.

Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier said it's difficult to pin down specifics at this time, including who was actually in the cross hairs.

"Who knows who was targetting what," he said. "There's also a construction company there."

City Tow is owned by De Saulniers Construction Ltd.

Organizations: Cornwall Fire Department, De Saulniers Construction

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Montreal Road Danis Avenue

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