Chinatown fire

Firefighters battled a fire on Arthur Street at a three-storey home that people say was abandoned. (Hallie Cotnam/CBC)

Police are investigating a potentially suspicious fire at an empty home in Ottawa’s Chinatown neighbourhood.

Firefighters were called to a house at 110 Arthur St. near Somerset Street West just before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

When they arrived, they found the back side of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

No one was hurt.

The house had recently been sold and was scheduled for a major renovation. Neighbours told CBC News a couple of squatters and their dog had been living there.

They were evicted just a few hours before the fire.

It's believed it started in a garbage bin behind the home and spread up the back wall.

Damage is estimated at about $250,000.