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London fire fighters douse blaze in detached garage used by squatters

London fire crews responded to a blaze within a detached garage on Queens Avenue Monday morning.
London fire crews responded to a blaze within a detached garage on Queens Avenue Monday morning. Matthew Trevithick/980 CFPL

London fire crews say they extinguished a blaze in a detached garage someone was living in, just east of the downtown core.

Officials were called out by London police at 9:41 a.m. Monday to a property at 587 Queens Ave.

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District Chief Jeff Collins arrived on scene mere minutes later and noted flames could be seen through the window above the garage door.

“Forcible entry was required as it was a vacant building and was boarded up rather heavily,” Collins told 980 CFPL on Monday.

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A neighbour told fire crews people had been living in the garage so they searched the building and did find signs of habitation, Collins said.

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No one was in the structure at the time of the blaze.

Collins said the investigation into what sparked the fire is ongoing and a damage estimate hasn’t been released at this time.

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