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Witnesses sought in 2020 fire investigation,
473 Queen Street East

Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Unit: 51 Division
Phone: 416-808-5100
Case #: 2020-1013799

The Toronto Police Service’s 51 Division investigators are making an appeal for information for a fire investigation from 2020.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at approximately 9:15 a.m., police responded to a fire at 473 Queen Street East.

It is reported that:

- as officers approached the scene the building had thick dark smoke billowing out and was engulfed in flames.

- responding officers were forced to close several roadways in the area stopping all pedestrian and vehicle access while the Toronto Fire Service brought the fire under control

- as the scene unfolded it was determined the building and several units sustained structural damage, preventing investigators immediate access, although it was confirmed there were no injuries

- due to the nature of the fire the Ontario Fire Marshal was engaged and assisted with narrowing down what started the blaze

A report was passed to detectives from 51 Division and they believe the fire was intentionally set. They would ask people to turn their minds back to that day and pass on any information directly to 51 Division at 416-808-5100 or Crimes Stoppers to remain anonymous.

It may seem insignificant, but all tips are welcomed by investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

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Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Charles Ricci, 51 Division