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Two men arrested after abandoned house fires

Dec. 22, 2014, Pickering, Ont. - Durham regional police say two men have been arrested after two separate abandoned houses were set on fire northeast of Toronto.

The first fire was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at an abandoned home in north Pickering and police say the home was engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

The second fire was reported at about 11:50 p.m. at another abandoned house.

Police say an officer noticed a pickup truck parked on a hill just south of the second fire but the truck sped away as the officer approached.

A York Regional Police helicopter was brought in to help follow the vehicle and police say it was eventually stopped by ground units.

An 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both of Stouffville, remain in custody and police say charges are pending.

Both houses were destroyed and will be demolished. No injuries were reported.

December 22, 2014  By The Canadian Press

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