E-bike fire on Alice St. a police investigation

A Cornwall police cruiser waits outside an apartment building after an e-bike fire on April 27, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Cornwall police are investigating a suspicious e-bike fire on Alice Street.

Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Alice around 11 p.m. Monday night after a neighbour called 911 to report flames along the side of a home, tucked in behind two other buildings on the street.

Siding hangs off the side of this house in the 300 block of Alice Street after an e-bike fire on April 27, 2015. There were no injuries but the house did sustain some damage. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)
Siding hangs off the side of this house in the 300 block of Alice Street after an e-bike fire on April 27, 2015. There were no injuries but the house did sustain some damage. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

One neighbour says she heard something suspicious just before the fire.

“I heard noise….I thought they were on my back veranda and there’s no curtain on the back so I didn’t look. I was too scared. But then all of a sudden I see lights in my kitchen window and I thought, whoa, that’s no car,” Diane Veilleux tells Cornwall Newswatch.

“I heard banging, it sounded like somebody taking the scooter to the drive shed,” she added.

Veilleux says the flames were already starting to burn the house before firefighters arrived.

“The stairway is damaged, the siding on the south side of the house is damaged,” Cornwall Fire Department Platoon Chief Luc Richer said.

“He (the owner) says his bike hasn’t been ridden since 9:30 (p.m.) tonight,” Richer added.

Firefighters wrapped up at the scene around 12:15 a.m. with police taking over the investigation.

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