And Yet Another Fire Claims More Under-Construction Homes in GTA

Another late-night fire hit a row of pre-construction sold properties over the weekend. At least eight under-construction homes were destroyed at Keonig Road on Saturday, August 19.

According to reports, fire crews were called to the area, a development that runs between Dundas Street and Thomas Alton Boulevard just west of Walkers Line, at around 3 a.m. Responders found that the blaze had spread to surrounding occupied homes due to the wind.

There were no reported injuries and residents in the surrounding area were evacuated. 

The Ontario Fire Marshall, along with the Halton Region Police Services (HRPS), has launched an investigation. No cause for the fire has been identified as of this writing, but the blaze has been determined to be suspicious.

The fire is the second incident in Burlington this month. Six unoccupied under-construction Branthaven townhouses, part of the Millcroft Towns project, were destroyed in a fire that was reported at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2. 

These Burlington fires follow a string of similar incidents in the Greater Toronto Area.

The trend has also hit Ottawa, when an under-construction rowhouse on Esban Drive was swallowed by flames at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday last week.

The incidents occur in the backdrop of a housing crunch that has seen the cost of renting and owning a home in Canada reach record highs.

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