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Jamaican consulate victim of fiery attack

[attach]722[/attach]Residents near Mt. Pleasant Rd. were awoken to the sound of breaking glass after Molotov cocktails were tossed into the windows of the Jamaican Consulate in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26.

The consulate, housed in a three-storey building on the corner of Eglinton Ave. East and Forman Ave., suffered two broken windows. A vehicle in the basement garage was damaged from a subsequent fire. No one was hurt.

Just after 4 a.m., three men were seen tossing Molotov cocktails into the building and then running away, said Detective Rob Ermacora, of 53 Division.

Seeing smoke residents called 911 and emergency services were able to quickly extinguish the fire inside the building.

Now, police are reviewing video surveillance footage in an effort to track down those believed responsible.

“We have no motive at this time,” Ermacora said on Sept 3. “There’s nothing going on in Jamaica that would indicate that it would be politically motivated at this point.”

Meanwhile, the consulate is reviewing its security arrangements with the RCMP, said consul Nigel Smith.

“There’s no harm in reviewing what you have and improving on what there is,” he said.

Smith noted the consulate has never been attacked before.

The building also houses two other agencies, the Jamaican Information Services and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5304, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at [url]www.222tips.com[/url], or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).