A series of arson incidents across Hamilton on December 17 has got police trying to figure out the motives behind the crimes. Three separate Hamilton truck fires were reported in the space of a couple of hours overnight. Although the reasons for the blazes have yet to be confirmed, some tow truck drivers are convinced it could be an effect of the fierce competition in the industry.

Hamilton Police issued a news release on the spate of fires, stating that three unattended tow trucks in separate parking lots fell victim to what officers are calling arson attacks.

The first incident occurred just after 2:30 a.m. in a parking lot on Cochrane Road, and two other calls came in within the space of about an hour.

According to police, the three trucks, which are each from a different towing company, are beyond repair.

Sylvie Lendvay of CHCH Hamilton shared video footage of one of the incidents on Twitter.

Someone can be seen standing on the passenger side of the truck apparently lighting the car up before it bursts into flames, leaving the perp to run away from the scene.

The owner of one of the companies the trucks belonged to, HTowing owner Zachary Bobolo, shared how one of the vehicles engulfed in flames was his very first truck, which he had used to build his company.


"That was my first truck, that was my baby," Bobolo told CBC.

He continued: "I started this company with that truck and I loved that truck to death."

Bobolo continued by stressing that the truck competition is fierce in Hamilton.

In fact, he believes the fires may well have been set by someone trying to take competition off the roads.


"Being a tow truck driver in the city, I know where everybody lives," Bobolo added. "I think (the perpetrators) took out the trucks that are the most available to them."

And, reportedly, Bobolo isn't the only driver who suspects that nature of foul play.

CHCH News' Adam Atkinson spoke with an unnamed driver who fears for his safety and believes other drivers caused the arson.

"He says other two truck drivers are threatening, and attacking other drivers. Many tow truck driver say other drivers lit the trucks on fire," reads part of Atkinson's tweet.

As of the time of writing, there is no proof that these suggestions are accurate.

For now, the Hamilton Police Arson Unit is continuing with the investigation.

This is not the only recent incident of tow trucks being found ablaze in the GTA and Hamilton area. Just last month, an alight vehicle actually exploded in a North York residential neighbourhood.

And, also in November, the tow truck community was hit badly by the death of an Ontario worker in this winter's first brutal blast of weather.

Regarding this latest spate of incidents, anyone with potential information is asked to call Detective Constable Greg Blunsdon at (905)540-3819 or Sergeant Andrea Torrie at (905)546-2991.

To remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com.

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