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Three separate fires under investigation

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Three criminal investigations are underway into three separate fires in Simcoe County that occurred within three days.

The OPP remain at the scene of a shed fire that broke out Sunday on the 9th Line west of the 20th Sideroad in New Tecumseth.

The property was occupied but no one was injured in the 4 p.m. blaze which is being investigated by police and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).

South Simcoe Police and the Fire Marshal are also probing a Saturday morning blaze at an abandoned farmhouse on Yonge Street between lines 11 and 12 in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

The blaze broke out around 8 a.m. and both Innisfil Fire and New Tecumseth Fire assisted Bradford Fire and Emergency Services.

Police say a vacant, two-storey brick home was destroyed by the fire which was the second blaze at the property in less than two months.

An outbuilding burned in March, according to Const. Rich Williamson of South Simcoe Police.

The third blaze under investigation, this time by Barrie Police and the OFMEM, is a structure fire at a Barrie construction site early Friday.

Firefighters were called to student residences being built on Georgian Drive at 1:37 a.m.

A fourth fire occurred at a home at 80 Huronwoods Drive in Oro-Medonte Monday afternoon.

One person who was home managed to escape with minor injuries. 

Township of Oro-Medonte Fire Chief Hugh Murray tells BarrieToday that the fire is not suspicious.

It is currently under investigation by Oro-Medonte Fire Staff and loss is estimated at $400,000.

This is the second time a fire has ripped through the home after a blaze in 2009 caused over $185,000 in damage.

The 2009 fire, involving the same home owners, was deemed to be electrical in nature, according to Chief Murray. 

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