Edmonton duplex fire suspicious

An early-morning blaze has destroyed an unfinished duplex on Edmonton's south side.

Early-morning fire caused $250,000 in damage

A duplex under construction at Casselman Crescent and 23rd Avenue burned down shortly after 6 a.m. Monday. (Trevor Wilson/CBC)

Fire investigators believe a fire that destroyed a southwest Edmonton duplex that was under construction is suspicious.

Investigators say this early morning fire on Casselman Crescent at 23rd Avenue caused $250,000 in damages. The estimate includes damage to the unfinished building and four other adjacent properties.

Firefighters arrived at the unoccupied building shortly after 6 a.m. Monday.

"Our crews arrived on scene to a burnt-out dwelling of a duplex that extended to another building under construction," said District Fire Chief Ken Koluk.  

Koluk added that the fire crew searched the entire property for people, but found that the building was unoccupied.

Officials from Epcor Utilities Inc. and ATCO were also on scene because of a broken gas line and reports of electrical problems.