Police and Fire Marshall investigate ‘suspicious’ fire

Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, police and the Fire Marshal commenced a joint investigation.

The Office of the Fire Marshall and the Barrie Police Service are investigating a fire that occurred Monday morning in Barrie.
On Monday at 3:21 a.m., police and fire units responded to the area of George Street in regards to a fire, police report. Barrie Fire located a structure fire at an auto repair shop and was able to quickly contain the fire, limiting the damage to the interior.
Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, police and the Fire Marshal commenced a joint investigation. Security video located in the area captured the incident which shows a dark-coloured vehicle arrive and park a short distance away. Two suspects exit the vehicle and approach the business.
The suspects were then able to gain entry to the business and proceeded to set a fire, however upon exiting, they appear to have been caught in the flames. They can be seen running from the business with one of the suspects fully engulfed. The suspect appears to remove an item of clothing that is on fire, and both suspects return to the vehicle and drive away.
Investigators believe that the suspects most likely sustained significant and obvious injuries and would have likely required some form of medical attention.
Police are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have information regarding this arson. Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable D. Watson at 705-725-7025 ext. 2755 or by email at dwatson@barriepolice.ca. If you wish to remain anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.