York Regional Police are currently seeking a suspected arsonist following a fire at a beauty salon from earlier this month. According to investigators, the salon, located in Vaugh, Ontario near Bathurst St. and Rutherford Rd., was caught ablaze on January 3, 2020, which authorities now believe was intentional. In hopes of finding the suspect, police have released footage of the person pouring gasoline and setting the building on fire. 

In the video, a hooded suspect can be seen walking towards a building carrying a gasoline canister.

The suspect then appears to pour the gasoline into one of the salon’s windows before igniting it and running away.

The clip also appears to show the person accidentally burning themself after underestimating the size of the flames.

Police suspect that the suspect might’ve burned off their eyebrows or hoodie during the incident.

“On Friday, January 3, 2020, police responded to a beauty salon in the area of Bathurst Street and Rutherford Road in the City of Vaughan for reports of a fire. Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services attended and put out the fire. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall was notified, and the fire was determined to have been intentionally set,” reads a description by York Regional Police.

“Investigators obtained surveillance video of the incident and are appealing to the community for assistance in identifying the suspects,” it adds.

CP24 reported that the suspect later fled the scene with the help of a getaway vehicle. According to YRP, the car is a “red mid-sized vehicle with one headlight out.”

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Services were called to the scene and were able to put out the blaze. 

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Anyone with any further information is being asked to call 866-876-5423, ext. 7441, or reach out to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

“Can you help ID this suspect who torched a beauty salon on January 3 in the area of Bathurst/Rutherford? Suspect may have burned their hoodie and their eyebrows. Fled in a red car with one headlight out,” read a tweet from York Regional Police.

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