Police probing potentially suspicious Chinatown fire
Squatters had been evicted from Arthur Street house just hours before blaze
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.