Morning house fire snarls traffic on Wharncliffe Road in south London

A morning house fire led to major traffic delays in London’s Old South neighbourhood Thursday morning.

London fire crews responded to a fire that broke out at 381 Wharncliffe Road, just south of Langarth Street, at around 8:30 a.m.

“Crews responded with multiple apparatus, approximately 24 personnel,” said Colin Shewell, a London Fire Department platoon chief . “They quickly contained it to the small residential house that appears to be vacant at this time.”

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

“All fires are considered suspicious until proven otherwise,” said Shewell. “We’re just awaiting our fire prevention inspector and at this point, we’re just putting out some hotspots and trying to ventilate some smoke from the basement so that we can enter the structure to conduct an inspection.”

Fire damage can be seen in the top floor window of a house at 381 Wharncliffe Road in London, Ont., on Feb. 15, 2024. (Angela McInnes/CBC)

There is no damage estimate, though Shewell said there appears to be extensive damage to the interior of the house.

Wharncliffe Road was closed for several hours between Langarth Street and Emery Street as fire crews inspected the cause of the blaze but has since reopened.

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