Suspicious fire at Burlington tow truck business under investigation by Halton cops

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Published March 4, 2024 at 1:44 pm

Burned out truck in Burlington

Halton police are hoping members of the public can help with investigating a suspicious fire at a Burlington business.

Just after midnight on Feb. 28, Halton police were called to the parking lot behind Burlington Bowl, 4065 Harvester Rd. regarding a reported truck fire.

Upon arrival, officers located three separate A Action transport trucks engulfed in flames. Burlington Fire extinguished the fires and no physical injuries were reported.

A Action’s owner, Doug Murray, has posted a $10,000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the identification of those involved in setting fire to the vehicles.

“We strongly believe the ongoing incidents of tow truck burnings, which have persisted for years without any reported arrests, demand immediate attention,” Murray told inhalton.com. “As a prominent player in the industry, we are committed to raising awareness about this issue in order to put an end to these violent and destructive acts.”

Murray thinks those responsible for the fires are competitors who once operated freely in the GTA, but have since been pushed out of jurisdictions such as Toronto and Mississauga because of stricter licensing regulations.

“And now they have brought their tactics here,” he said. “It comes down to competitors and turf wars. They want us out of the way and rather than working harder and providing better service for their customers, they are burning their competitors.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or anyone who may have dash cam video from the area, is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2316.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at the website.

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