A fire in an empty Sunnyside house Wednesday afternoon forced a temporary evacuation of nearby properties and has one area resident calling on the property owner to develop the land soon as it's become an example of urban decay.

Fire crews responded to a call at a boarded-up house in the 300 block of 9A Street N.W. at about 12:45 p.m.

The fire was quickly brought under control and a search revealed no one was inside at the time, officials said in a statement.

A nearby building was temporarily evacuated but was not damaged and no injuries have been reported.

Ara Shimoon lives in the area and says five or six homes on that street have sat empty for about a year and it's causing problems for the community.

"It makes me sad," Shimoon said.

Kensington house fire

A nearby building was evacuated temporarily as a safety precaution. (CBC)

"Good homes are being not looked after properly. People say this is essentially an example of urban decay."

He's hoping whoever owns the piece of land will take action sooner rather than later.

"I am interested to see how soon we will see this strip developed now that we have a house fire. I am hoping before next winter, we will see some kind of progress here."