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UPDATED: Police confirm arson investigation after 3rd fire at Tire Guys

Since Nov. 11, there have been three fires at the Collingwood tire shop

The Collingwood and Wasaga Beach Fire Departments were once again at Tire Guys in Collingwood this morning to put out a fire. 

Local Ontario Provincial Police confirmed this afternoon they are "in the midst of an arson investigation as a result of the fire."

This is the third fire since Nov. 11 at the tire shop. 

Fire crews were called to the Beachwood Road business on Nov. 26 at 5:15 a.m. for the latest fire, which burned up tires stacked outdoors, and damaged three storage containers and a hydro meter on the main building. 

Collingwood Fire Chief Dan Thurman said he has contacted the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office and the Ministry of the Environment. There are concerns about runoff from the tire fire. 

Thurman said he's still investigating the scene and as of 9:45 a.m. he had plans to sift through the remains. 

According to a news release from Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP, the arson investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Collingwood OPP 1-705-445-4321 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip online at   

The fire's cause and even starting point are difficult to pin down, according to Thurman, as the tires in the fire melted. 

The last fire broke out at Tire Guys late in the afternoon on Nov. 13. It was the second fire in three days at the location. The first fire was smaller and happened on Saturday, Nov. 11 also in the afternoon. 

Both fires caused damage to tires and storage containers kept outside near the main building. 

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