Suspicious Fire Kills 1 Female and 2 Dogs

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Hamilton police are continuing to investigate a fire that happened yesterday on Beach Road that killed a female resident and two dogs. At this time two individuals have been arrested in relation to the fire.

Shortly before 19:30 on July 8th 2019, many 911 calls were received reporting that there was a fire in an upstairs apartment located at 104 Beach Road. Emergency personnel arrived soon afterwards and firefighters were able to locate and remove the occupants. Upon the removal, the occupant had no vital signs and resuscitation efforts were commenced. The patient was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Initial reports that were given to police is that the fire was suspicious in nature and one of the occupants and his female partner were seen “running” away from the building shortly before 911 calls were received.

Division 20 Criminal Investigation Branch investigators were initially called in for this incident. From their interviews with witnesses, it became apparent that it may have been purposely set. The investigation was then transferred to the Major Crime Unit and will continue throughout today. The female victim at this time has not been notified and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place this morning at the general hospital to determine the cause of death. The Ontario Fire Marshal (OFM) has been contacted and will join in the investigation process today.

The Major Crime Unit worked all night trying to locate the occupant of the apartment, and his female friend, but the search became very easy when they returned to the address around 02:15 this morning. They were arrested in relation to this matter as a person of interest and no charges have been laid. Hamilton Police tell us that they are presently being interviewed. They also have told us that members from their ACTION team will be in the area of Beach Road and Gage Avenue North this morning canvassing for witnesses and video surveillance video.

If you have any information that you believe could be helpful, you can contact Detective Michael McNaughton by calling (905) 546-4123. You can also provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1 (800) 222-8477 or you can leave your tip anonymously on their website at Http://CrimeStoppersHamilton.com.