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Fire at abandoned Barrhaven building deemed arson

Ottawa police are investigating after a Monday evening fire at an abandoned building in the 1000 block of McGarry Terrace in Barrhaven.
District chief Perry Fee talks about problem buildings in Barrhaven. 1:37
A Monday evening fire at an abandoned building on McGarry Terrace in Barrhaven was set deliberately, according to Ottawa police.
Firefighters put out the blaze at the abandoned building within 45 minutes of arriving at the scene. (CBC)

It is one of a group of buildings used by neighbourhood kids as a hangout and has also been the scene of a number of recent fires, according to District 40 fire chief Perry Fee.

Firefighters and police responded to the fire at 1034 McGarry Terrace just before 6 p.m. on Monday. Damage is estimated at $125,000.

Fee said the buildings pose a safety hazard and said he'd like to see them knocked down.

"We would hate to see anybody get hurt in a place like this," said Fee.