WATCH ABOVE: Flames from one car even spread to a garage under the room of a five-year-old, luckily there were no injuries. Mark Carcasole reports.
TORONTO – Police are investigating after multiple vehicles were destroyed by separate fires in an upscale midtown Toronto neighbourhood early Friday morning.
Crews rushed to the Bayview and Mount Pleasant area just after 3:30 a.m. to find 10 cars and a garage on fire.
All the incidents took place just south of Mount Pleasant cemetery.
“It might have just started off as a prank and obviously got out of hand, but fortunately nobody has been hurt,” said Toronto Fire platoon Chief Kevin Shaw.
A family in one of the homes woke up to the smell of smoke coming from the garage.
“We were sleeping. We woke up a little after three in the morning and the house is on fire,” Doug Bryce told Global News.
“We realized what was going on, we grabbed the kids and we ran.”
Stu Jeffries, morning show host for Boom 97.3 FM, lives across the street from the home with the garage fire and was in the process of going to work when he heard strange sounds outside.
“It sounded like our neighbours playing hockey on their driveway taking shots,” he said.
“I looked down the street and I saw one of the cars on fire and I said this is like a movie.”
WATCH: Police say no accelerants were found in the vehicles but it appears the cars were unlocked
Six of the care are complete right-offs, and authorities are advising the public to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
“We want the public to be vigilant because it’s not only cars we’re concerned about, one was set in the garage. We have to worry about the homes,” said Detective Sergeant Daniel Sabadics during a press conference Friday.
The fire marshal’s office has also been brought in to investigate and a man detained near the scene by officers for questioning has since been released.
Police say a store nearby called the Hasty Market was also broken into about the same time as the suspected arson.
Investigators say the suspect stole a “quantity of lottery tickets and cigarettes.”
Video surveillance from nearby businesses say the individual is described as a white male in his 40s, wearing dark clothing, a ball cap and yellow running shoes.
Police say the two incidents may be related.
“It’s a different event but it’s possible it’s linked,” said Det. Sgt. Sabadics.