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Electrical fire causes more than $120K in damages to vacant east-end London home

There was significant damage inside a vacant home in London's east end, after an electrical blaze sparked on Oct. 2, 2017. .
There was significant damage inside a vacant home in London's east end, after an electrical blaze sparked on Oct. 2, 2017. . Liny Lamberink/AM980

There are more than $120,000 in damages to a vacant house in London’s east end, after fire crews responded to an electrical fire Monday afternoon.

“There was significant damage and a lot of heavy smoke conditions upon arrival for the fire crews,” said fire prevention officer James Hind.

Crews were called to a house on Adelaide Street, just north of Hamilton Road around 2 p.m. Roughly an hour earlier, Hind said hydro workers had restored electricity to the structure at the request of the unit’s owner.

“The lack of electricity beforehand and now [that] the electricity has been turned back on… something happened to cause the electrical issue at that time. And that’s what the investigation is going to dole out,” explained Hind.

Despite a gutted kitchen, a hole in the roof, and heavy smoke and soot conditions, Hind doesn’t believe the house to be a complete loss.

“But there are going to be parts that are going to have to be completely rebuilt.”

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Standing on the street near his home, just three doors down, Sean Kadey said he noticed the commotion from inside a bus.

“I seen the smoke, I didn’t know which house it was. I thought it was mine,” said Kadey.

Just a couple of days ago, Kadey said the man who lived inside the home had moved out.

Fire officials say there were no injuries, and the blaze is not considered to be suspicious.

There were significant traffic delays in the area between 2 p.m. and roughly 4:30 p.m.