York Regional Police are investigating after someone set a plane on fire last night.  A business jet was found engulfed in flames at Buttonville Airport in Markham at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday night. The Toronto plane fire is being treated as suspicious, and the police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Narcity reached out to Sgt. Andy Pattenden from the York Regional Police for comment. 

"We don’t have any suspect descriptions at this time," he wrote in the email.

"We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and our investigators will be reviewing any video surveillance available to try and get some suspect information."

"We have evidence to suggest that this fire was intentionally set, but we are not disclosing what that evidence is."

According to CP24, a gas can was found at the scene. Investigators also found that a fence had been cut to gain access to the aircraft, which also showed signs of being tampered with. 

The plane was a 1980 Dassault Falcon 50 and is valued at approximately $1 million dollars. 

However, if the aircraft was brand new, it would have cost around $21 million today, Carl Hanstke of 680 News reports. 

No injuries were reported, and the owner of the plane has been notified of the damages. 


According to City News, it is probable that this is a case of arson and that gasoline was used to start the fire. 

The motive behind the crime is still unclear, and the investigation is still ongoing. 

Luckily, nothing else was damaged during the blaze.

However, this isn't the only case of arson that Ontario police have had to deal with this year. 

Back in January, the York Regional Police were looking for a suspect after he was caught on film attempting to set fire to a beauty salon.  

However, the man was standing too close to the building when he set it ablaze with gasoline and ended up engulfing himself in flames as well. 

*Cover photo is used for illustrative purposes only. 

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