Police and fire crews were called to Fossil Hill Public School in Vaughan on Wednesday morning after a fire broke out within the building. The blaze was eventually located inside a locker and authorities are treating the incident as suspicious. The elementary school fire has shut down the building for the rest of the week. 

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services confirmed to Narcity in an email that their crews arrived at the school at 11:09 a.m.

When crews arrived on the scene, they located the blaze on the second floor of the building. They believe it was started intentionally but have not revealed why. 

Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Zvanitajs told Narcity that they quickly extinguished the "small fire" that was burning in the locker once they arrived. 

"The fire appeared confined to a single locker and a sprinkler head activated in its vicinity to control the fire until firefighters arrived," he wrote. 

"The origin and cause team from our Prevention Division attended and deemed the fire to be suspicious in nature and have contacted the Ontario Fire Marshal and York Regional Police; they have taken over this investigation and we are now assisting."

Vaughan Fire also confirmed that no injuries were reported during the time of the incident. 


Narcity also reached out to YRP, who could not confirm whether the locker belonged to a student or if it was vacant.

Police are asking that any witnesses or people with information about what happened come forward as they continue to investigate the case. 

Although the school is closed, students will still be expected to attend for exams, and another school will host them, according to CP24

"The secondary school is nearby and able to house the students as exams are currently occurring," Miguelo Licino, York Region District School Board spokesperson, told CP24.

While the school will be closed for the remainder of the week, it is expected to be open again come Monday.  

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