Fire department bills Ontario man $1,000 for using fire suppression foam on burning SUV
The bill came from a collections agency eight months after the man’s SUV was randomly set ablaze
Getting a call from a collection agency is never fun — especially when you aren’t even aware of the debt in the first place.
Imagine how Gary Follett felt, then, when he was contacted by an agency saying he owed over $1,000 to the city of Mississauga for attending to his burning SUV eight months ago.
“It’s like I’m living this nightmare of watching my truck burn all over again,” Follett said in an interview with CTV News Toronto. The former Mississauga resident watched his 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe burn at 3 AM on an April morning after it was randomly targeted by an arsonist.
“I opened it and there was a bill for over $1,000. Five months living in Cambridge and I get a bill from the city of Mississauga for something that happened eight months ago,” said Follett.
But the city is standing by its charge, telling CTV News that it was issued due to a special foam used in the suppression of the vehicle fire, and adding that most insurance claims will reimburse such charges.