Police probing potentially suspicious Chinatown fire

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

Squatters had been evicted from Arthur Street house just hours before blaze

Ottawa police and the fire department are investigating a suspicious fire on Arthur Street. 1:33
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.

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