Police investigate suspicious fire at vacant ice cream shop

A fire that engulfed the former Dairy Queen on Wharncliffe Road South is being investigated as a suspicious blaze, one of two that broke out early Monday morning in London.

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A fire that engulfed the former Dairy Queen on Wharncliffe Road South is being investigated as a suspicious blaze, one of two that broke out early Monday morning in London.

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Firefighters arrived on a “fully involved” blaze that overtook the vacant ice cream shop around 5 a.m. Monday, the second blaze in seven months. The store north of Base Line Road was also hit by fire in December.

It’s unclear what caused the latest fire, but it doesn’t appear anyone lived in the vacant structure, said fire squad leader Colin Shewell.

There are no utilities, no electricity or gas or anything in this building,” he said.

It has been secured at this time by one of our residents contractors. Wewill have fences and we will climb them up to Next steps can be determined by the city building department.”

London police are investigating.

No one was hurt.

A few hours later, firefighters fought another fire, this time in a building near Oxford Street West and Hyde Park Road. A tenant was moved in the 7 a.m. fire at 85 Fiddlers Green Rd., but no one was injured. The fire, which caused $150,000 in damage, was also later deemed suspicious.

The Dairy Queen fires weren’t the only ones in the Wharncliffe South area recently. An abandoned, dilapidated industrial building one block south at 10 Center St. caught fire on Aug. 10, 2021, blanketing the area in toxic smoke and prompting authorities to tell nearby residents to stay inside with their windows closed.

This fire, also considered suspicious, ravaged the structure. It had already been approved for demolition, after years of safety orders because the building was in poor condition. It was finally razed after the fire.

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