Video of arson suspect released after fire closes King-Liberty bridge

Was 114th fire of the year in an encampment that city’s fire department has responded to

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Toronto Police have released a video of a suspect after a fire — the 114th of the year in an encampment that city’s fire department has responded to — was set at the King-Liberty Pedestrian Cycle Bridge on Friday night.

Authorities say combustible material was placed was under the bridge and a man, described as having a thin build, dark-coloured hair and wearing a long black jacket, black pants, and carrying a dark backpack, approached the area and set it on fire.

The blaze, which drew a call for firefighters to respond just before 8 pm., caused so much damage it caused the bridge to be closed

“Toronto Fire Service to a significant encampment fire at Liberty Village,” Toronto Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop told CP24.

“It took our crews some time to put the fire out. We’re happy to report there were no injuries or loss of life.”

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City spokesman Brad Ross released a statement saying in part: “We have seen a 250% increase in encampment fires in the last year. Living in encampments is not just unsafe, it’s also unhealthy.”

Ross said the city would have more to say once the city’s engineers assessed the damage from the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on the Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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