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York police seek witnesses after tow truck set on fire in Richmond Hill with driver inside

Police are looking for witnesses after a tow truck was set on fire early Thursday morning in Richmond Hill. 

York Regional Police were called to a plaza around Major Mackenzie Drive E. and Leslie Street around 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to a news release. 

When they arrived on scene, police say they located a truck that was fully on fire. 

The truck was occupied at the time, but the driver exited the vehicle without injury, police said.

A second truck parked next to it was also doused in a liquid, but police say it did not ignite. 

The fire quickly spread and caused damage to a nearby business, police said.

Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the fire, and no one was injured, according to the news release. 

In video surveillance of the incident posted online, two suspects in dark coloured clothing can be seen dousing the truck with liquid. 

The suspects throw an unidentifiable flaming object onto the truck, which is then shown on fire, and the driver can be seen exiting the truck.

Police said the suspects arrived at the scene in a blue, four-door sedan. 

Anyone with information or video recordings of suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact York Regional Police. They can also submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. 

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