Bush fire disrupts Appleby Line cable TV

A 14 year-old youth, will be charged for starting a large bush fire at Dundas and the 407 that left Appleby Line residents without cable on the weekend.

The fire was the cause of a major Cogeco service interruption that damaged fibre lines affecting TV, Internet and digital phone customers in the Burlington, Oakville, Goergetown, Milton and surrounding areas.

When Burlington Fire department arrived on the scene on Saturday April 14, they found a grass fire had spread to set a wooden hydro pole on fire. Hydro wires were coming down, which caused minor power outages in this area.

Several residents of a townhouse complex adjacent to the fire on Headon Forest Drive had to leave their homes as a safety precaution for a short period of time, until the fire was contained.

Halton Regional Police Service investigated the matter and arrested a 14 year-old youth. The youth had been using a lighter to burn small items, which caused dry grass to ignite and the fire rapidly spread out of control.

The youth was later released from police custody, and will be required to appear in the Ontario Youth Court of Justice at the Town of Milton in May 2015. The youth is charged with one count of Arson, one count of Mischief to property of a value exceeding $5,000 and one count of Failing to comply with a youth probation order.

No details of the charged person will be released to the public, as this disclosure is not permitted by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The 407 highway eastbound (Toronto bound) exit ramp at Dundas Street was closed for several hours so hydro crews could make repairs. Motorists had to exit onto Appleby Line.

Any person with additional information about this fire incident is requested to contact Detective Joe Barr of the Halton Regional Police Service (Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau) at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or ext. 2315.

You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the Internet at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com, or by texting "Tip201" with your message to 274637 (crimes).