London fire fighters use a thermal imaging camera to check for hidden hotspots after an early afternoon fire at a Hamilton Road residence on Monday (Nov. 26).

By Craig Gilbert/London Community News/Twitter:@CraigbGilbert

Firefighters were unable to immediately determine the cause of a fire in a multi-residential building at 605 Hamilton Rd. Monday (Nov. 26) afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the call at approximately 1:52 p.m. No one was home at the time of the fire, according to London Fire Department Platoon Chief Mike Black.

“No one was injured that we know of,” he said, estimating the damage at about $5,000. “All I can tell you now is the cause is under investigation. There are conflicting stories as to what caused it.”

London police were on scene interviewing witnesses.

A number of passersby seemed to have a low opinion of the residents of the building. Three separate people stopped at the scene and told London Community News the building, or at least one or more units in it, was a hotspot for alleged criminal activity.

“They should have let it burn to the ground,” one said.

Another said a friend of his had lived in the unit upstairs.

“Lots of action here, let me tell you.”

via London Community News