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WATCH: Security footage shows 'person of interest' in midtown firebug case

Toronto Police have released video they hope can help crack a case of unsolved arsons in midtown

Security footage shows a 'person of interest' in a string of unsolved arsons in midtown
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Police have released a video of a "person of interest" after a dozen cars and garage were set on fire.

Early Friday morning, residents in the area of Bayview and Moore woke up to several blazes lighting up their neighbourhood.

Police say 911 calls starting coming in at about 3 a.m. Within an hour, Toronto Fire had put out all the blazes.

Out of 12 vehicles damaged, half of them are write-offs. A home was also damaged when a fire was set in a garage, while a family slept above. Luckily, they woke up when the blaze set off the central vacuum system.

Det Sgt Dan Sabadics gave an update this afternoon.

He says police have reviewed security videos from homes in the area.

One of the videos (watch below) shows a man, about 20 to 30 years old, walking along a sidewalk. He approaches a white BMW before suddenly turning around and walking out of the shot.

Sabadics says they are looking for this "person of interest." He describes the man's walk as "unique," "energetic," and "with purpose."

He adds that police anticipate the suspected arsonist will strike again.

"Might they hit again because it's urge related, I don't doubt it," Sabadics says. "Will they do it in the same area, highly unlikely."

For that reason, he is asking everyone in the city to make sure their homes, cars and garages are always secure.

Sabadics is also asking you to report any suspicious fire on your property, even if small. 

"Maybe it's a little grass fire or a garbage fire," he says. "Please call it in."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

WATCH the video of a "person of interest:"

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