Officials say Guelph Lake fire believed to be arson
Firefighters are seen at the scene of a fire at a rooming house in Guelph, Ont. on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:02AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:30PM EST
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate a suspicious fire in Guelph-Eramosa Township.
Wellington County OPP say the fire occurred Wednesday morning at a house on Side Road 10, northeast of Guelph and on the south side of Guelph Lake.
The home's garage and a Ferrari that was parked in the garage were both completely destroyed.
"There was significant smoke coming from the garage area of the home," says Guelph-Eramosa fire chief John Osborne.
Elsewhere in the house, windows were ripped apart and doors were broken.
Officials say nobody was injured as the house had been sitting empty for some time.
Next-door neighbour Sam Higson says he saw flames and immediately called 911.
"[There were] big plumes of smoke going out, and the wind was blowing it across," he tells CTV.
"You could smell it in the air."
Fire departments from Guelph, Guelph-Eramosa and Centre Wellington were brought in to fight the blaze.
With no fire hydrants in the immediate area, water was brought in via a tanker truck. Once the truck arrived, the fire was quickly extinguished.
"We ventilated the roof and then started pulling the walls out to see if we could get ahead of that fire," says Osborne.
An exact damage estimate is not known. The cause of the fire remains unknown as well, but police say they believe it to be arson.