Two small fires at a vacant building on Wellington St. just north of the Thames River Tuesday remain under investigation by fire officials, who say they are viewing the incident as suspicious.
The fires at 72 Wellington St. are also being probed by members of the London Police Arson Unit. A fire crew driving by the property around 11 a.m. noticed the blaze, a fire official said.
Inside the building, fire crews located two small fires, one in the basement and one on the main floor. The building has sat vacant since its previous occupant, People’s Church of London, moved out in 2012.
“They were just confined, very small fires,” said London Fire Platoon Chief John Hunt. “Possible arson or possibly homeless people that were occupying the building that had started a couple of fires.”
Hunt said one of the fires started on the floor, while another, which is being considered suspicious, was under some stairs.
“Nobody was inside, nobody was hurt, and the dollar loss was kept to about $2,000,” Hunt said.
Crews have not been called to the building in the past, Hunt said, and the London Fire Inspector is continuing to investigate a cause.