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Fire #10: another unexplained fire just outside Rockwood

Abandoned shed on same property as a previous fire is latest in string of fires

GUELPH-ERAMOSA TOWNSHIP - Firefighters were called to a fire at another abandoned rural building early Monday morning

The fire destroyed a large shed on 6th Line Nassagawaya, south of Highway 7 just southeast of Rockwood. It is the same property where a much larger fire destroyed an abandoned stone farmhouse on Jan. 16.

This is the 10th unexplained fire at a rural property surrounding Guelph in just over three months. Just last Thursday a historic former mill in the village of Everton burned to the ground.

It started with a fire at an empty farmhouse on Oct. 14 in Puslinch Township.

Most of the fires are at abandoned or vacant buildings. The exception was a fire at a lumber yard outside Belwood on Nov. 16.

All of the fires were started in the early morning hours.

There have been no injuries

Police said Monday's fire was called in around 5 a.m.

The Milton Fire Department and Milton OPP were on scene at the latest fire extinguishing hot spots at the location mid-Monday morning.

The other nine fires were:

- Jan. 19: a historic former mill in Everton, just east of Guelph off Wellington Road 124, burned to the ground.

- Jan. 16: a fire at an abandoned stone farmhouse on 6th line Nassagawaya, just two kilometres south of the Jan. 9 fire.

- Jan. 9: An empty house and large shed on County Road 7, just east of Rockwood, were destroyed.

- Dec. 5: A boarded up former woodworking shop located at 604 Silvercreek Parkway N. just north of Woodlawn Road:

- Dec. 5: A barn no longer in use at 7070 Fife Rd. roughly 1 km west of the city.

- Nov. 16: A fire at a lumber yard in Belwood.

- Oct. 28: An empty farm house on Arkell Road, 5 km outside Guelph.

- Oct. 19: Empty farmhouse on Third Line in Puslinch Township.

- Oct. 14: Empty farmhouse on Third Line in Puslinch Township.

Any person with information regarding this incident should contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.