An early morning fire on John St. N. Tuesday has been deemed suspicious by the Hamilton fire department.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., Hamilton police were called to assist the fire department in investigating the fire, which was contained in one room of a lodging house. There was little damage.

All of the residents of the home were on the street when the police arrived.

The residents of the home were allowed back into the home after the fire was extinguished. The Ontario Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the fire.