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Durham Police property evidence warehouse destroyed by blaze

Sources told the Sun that along with those vehicle a tactical bomb unit bomb truck, uniforms, a marine boat and potential evidence in lock up were consumed in the fire.

July 18, 2022

Durham Regional Police continued to investigate on Monday after a massive fire destroyed their property bureau warehouse.

Just after 6 p.m. Sunday, massive black smoke covered the skies and section of Hwy. 401 just east of Oshawa in Clarington as the blaze erupted.

On Monday, Clarington fire crews were still at it pouring water in through the collapsed roof of the warehouse with the use of a aerial ladder dousing hotspots. A ground crew could also be seen containing other areas inside the warehouse on Courtice Ct.

Sgt. Jo-Anne Bortoluss, of Durham Regional Police, said the office was closed at the time of Sunday's fire with nobody in the adjoining office area.

"The main area that seemed to be on fire housed some of our vehicles. Some of our K-9 units, our R.I.D.E. truck and some other vehicles we had," said Bortoluss.

Sources told the Sun that along with those vehicle a tactical bomb unit bomb truck, uniforms, a marine boat and potential evidence in lock up were consumed in the fire.

Some nearby industrial business owners, including a big rig truck company and a metal fabricating facility — were not aware what had happened on Sunday night until they arrived at their businesses Monday morning.

Members of the Ontario Fire Marshal investigating the blaze located on Courtice Ct., south of Baseline Rd. at McKnight Rd., could be seen in the western-side parking lot beside vintage Durham police cars that were not destroyed by the fire.

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