A fire near Oshawa on Sunday evening may have destroyed police vehicles and evidence, a representative for Durham Regional Police told the Star.
The fire occurred at a storage facility at 19 Courtice Court in Clarington.
Clarington fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 6:07 p.m., and the building was “fully engulfed” when they arrived, according to Chris Bovie, director of communications for the force.
Fire crews performed two searches and didn’t find any victims in the building.
“We are still investigating to assess what type and how extensive the damage is to the building,” added Bovie. The cause of the fire is not yet clear.
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Police do not believe anyone was inside the building when the fire occurred. The facility is where vehicles involved in serious collisions and police investigations are stored, and it also houses the police force’s vintage vehicles. Police said it is too soon to tell the true extent of the level of damage.
The building also houses police evidence, said the representative.
A portion of Highway 401 was briefly shut down due to the fire, images and videos of which began surfacing online at around 6:30 p.m.
The Durham Regional Police Service is Canada’s 10th largest municipal police force. It patrols the region east of Toronto, including the cities of Oshawa and Pickering, and serves the area’s population of approximately 700,000.
With files from Bruce Froude, Clarington This Week
Aisling Murphy is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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