Cars, houses go up in flames overnight

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Firefighters were called to nine fires at six locations Tuesday morning in North Tonawanda.

UPDATE | Police have released a photo of the suspected arsonist. Click here to see the latest on this story

“Someone is setting fires in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda and we don’t know who it is right now,” said Chief of Police William Hall.

Firefighters were first called to a fire on Meadow in North Tonawanda, around 11:30 p.m. About an hour later crews were called to Zimmerman Street. On Zimmerman Street, a red pickup truck smoldered in a driveway, two homes were damaged and garbage totes burned.


PHOTOS | See photos from each fire scene

Shortly after that fire, firefighters were called to another fire on Ganson Street. A News 4 photographer on the scene saw a car on fire in the driveway. That fire spread to two nearby homes.

Following the fire on Ganson Street, crews were dispatched to Ransom Street, and a separate scene on Goundry Street. The fire on Goundry Street started in a vehicle around 1:10 a.m. and spread to an eight-unit apartment building. Four of the apartments were occupied.

“They’re all under investigation right now, and they all started in a similar fashion.” – A firefighter told News 4.

Neighbors told a News 4 photographer that the fire was near the rear of home, and then there was an explosion. The City of Tonawanda Fire Department assisted in battling the flames. It took crews hours to fight the fire.

Firefighters said the fire was suspicious, but never said if they believe it was intentionally set.

Residents of the apartment building spoke to News 4 about their experience. One resident said, “How can it happen? That was the first thing that came to my mind.”

Another resident said, “Who would do something? How would it happen? Who would do something like that? I don’t think they realize that everything we own is gone, we can’t get anything back. It’s a good thing nobody was hurt, everybody is safe. We’re all out, everything can be replaced.”

Goundry Street Fire, North Tonawanda
Goundry Street Fire, North Tonawanda, Click to see more photos

In a completely different situation, firefighters were called to Enterprise Avenue in the City of Tonawanda.

Investigators don’t know who started the fires. No injuries have been reported. They are talking to witnesses to learn more information.

“Evidence is being collected that might lead us to get some kind of description. There are people that saw suspicious people in the area,” said Chief Hall.

The assistant fire chief said he does not believe this is a copy-cat situation from the fires last month on 5th Street.

A firefighter on Goundry Street spoke about the connection between the fires, saying, “They’re all under investigation right now, and they all started in a similar fashion,” he told News 4.

PHOTOS | See photos from each fire scene

Police need your help right now.

North Tonawanda Police Department Lieutenant Tim Gray said, “A lot of property damage. Anybody who sees anything call the North Tonawanda Police, call 911. We need as much information as we can get from you.”

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to call 911 or North Tonawanda Police at (716) 692-4312. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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