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No injuries, but a close call, after $500K blaze in north London

Fire officials say one firefighter had a close call while battling a blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damages in north London Monday night.

Homeowner calls 911 after arriving home and spotting smoke

Firefighters were on scene with four minutes from the initial 911 call, said platoon chief Gary Mosburger (Supplied/London Fire Department)

Fire officials say one firefighter had a close call while battling a blaze that caused an estimated $500,000 in damages in north London Monday night.

The homeowner spotted smoke coming from 58 Lavender Way upon returning from an outing, and called 911, said platoon chief Gary Mosburger.

Crews were on scene within four minutes of the call, he explained.

"They arrived and were able to make a considerable quick knock down of a fire that was located somewhere in the first floor of the home."

There were about 25 firefighters on scene at the height of the blaze, said Mosburger.

No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt, but Mosburger said one firefighter almost fell through a hole on the second floor.

He said the fire had been burning for "some time" before the 911 call, and that crews used an aerial ladder to gain access to the second floor, where thick smoke made it hard to see.

"The firefighter was able to self-extricate himself out of a considerable hole, but without any injuries, which was a great thing."

Ontario's fire marshal has been called to investigate, and London police were holding the scene Tuesday morning.