Suspicious Newton blazes strike in early morning

The charred remains of a home at 6832 134 St. in Newton following an early morning fire on Thursday.  - Evan Seal / The Leader
The charred remains of a home at 6832 134 St. in Newton following an early morning fire on Thursday.
— image credit: Evan Seal / The Leader

Two fires in Newton occurred on two consecutive days at 1 a.m., however,  police do not believe the two are linked.

On Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 a.m.,  an abandoned home at 6832 134 St. in Newton caught fire.

Police say the home in known to them for drug activity and that the previous tenants had been evicted.

Then on Friday at 1 a.m., a home near 143 Street and 82 Avenue, less than four kilometers away from the previous blaze, caught fire.

Residents of that home were away on holidays, and no one was hurt.

Police say both fires are considered suspicious, but investigators do not believe they are linked in any way.

Both remain under investigation.

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