Hamilton, Ontario ,

Dundas House Fire Considered a Homicide

Hamilton Police Service has determined the fire at 8 Greening Court in Dundas that killed two individuals was a homicide.

On July 9, 2018, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Hamilton Fire and Hamilton Police Service were dispatched to a house fire at 8 Greening Court in Dundas.

The victims, Carla and Alan Rutherford, both in their 60’s, were in the residence at the time. Alan was ultimately able to escape the home and knock on a neighbour’s door for help. Carla was unable to escape. Carla was rescued from the home by Hamilton Fire and pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. Alan was transported to hospital in critical condition. Sadly, Alan died as a result of his injuries later in the afternoon.

The Ontario Fire Marshal office responded to investigate the scene in cooperation with the Hamilton Police Service Forensic Services Branch and Major Crime Unit. No immediate cause of the fire was identified and the fire was deemed “Suspicious.” The Major Crime Unit subsequently took the lead in this investigation until the cause of the fire could be identified.

After four days of investigation at the fire scene, the Ontario Fire Marshal and the Hamilton Police Service Major Crime Unit have determined the fire was deliberately set. Carla and Alan Rutherford were victims of homicide.

Hamilton Police are asking for anyone with information into this homicide or anyone that knew the victims to contact Detective Ben Adams at 905-546-3836. To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com"http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com