Fire at historic Cambridge farmhouse being investigated as arson

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The fire that destroyed a historic Cambridge farmhouse on Sunday is now being investigated as arson.

On Monday, Waterloo regional police said investigators have learned a large group of people was in the area before the fire started around 4 a.m.

Neighbours previously told CTV News a party with a number of young people happened at the lot near Maple Bush Drive and Wesley Boulevard on the night flames erupted.

No injuries were reported, but the fire levelled a 19th century gothic farmhouse on the city’s heritage registry.

Crews had been preparing to move the structure to preserve it amid construction of a new subdivision in the area.

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario called the loss “a tragedy.”

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A viewer photo shows emergency crews responding to flames at a construction site in Cambridge on Aug. 28, 2022. (Submitted)
Crews respond to a fire in Cambridge on Aug. 28, 2022. (Submitted)
The sky glows orange as a fire burns in south Cambridge on Aug. 28, 2022. (Submitted)
The Architectural Conservancy Ontario says the gothic-style farmhouse was built sometime between 1855 and 1860. (Council agenda package/City of Cambridge)
Crews were preparing to move the structure to make way for construction. (Submitted)
Smoke rises from one of the lots at a subdivision development near Maple Bush Drive and Wesley Boulevard in Cambridge on Aug. 28, 2022. (Krista Sharpe/CTV Kitchener)

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