The next morning, the police announced they were treating the three fires as arson.
Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal estimated the cost of the three fires to be more than $12 million.
”The fires were relatively small and contained,” Tom Ruggle, Kitchener’s Chief Fire Prevention Officer, said of the damage the stores in Kitchener had sustained. “However, there was a fair bit of smoke that was produced at the time of the fire.”
Police are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen the incidents or have dashcam footage from the area of the stores around the time of the fires.
They are asking anyone with information to call 519-570-9777 or leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.