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'Rainbow house' on Ouellette taken down by fire

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Windsor police have launched an investigation following a “suspicious” fire at a downtown building painted like a rainbow.

Officers responded to a report of an active fire at a property in the 800 block of Ouellette Avenue Around 11:55 p.m. Wednesday night. Crews battle a fire in the 800 block of Ouellette Avenue in the early morning hours of May 2, 2024. (Source: Unofficial: On Location/Facebook)

A vacant home was engulfed in flames, and Windsor Fire and Rescue Services worked throughout the night to extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, but police say the building will be demolished due to damages sustained in the fire.

The Windsor Police Arson Unit is treating the fire as suspicious.

Police tape remains around the scene and a large north area of the Downtown Mission.WFRS Truck 1 remains on scene in the 800 Block of Ouellette Avenue hitting hot spots in Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, May 2, 2024. (Source: Windsor Fire/Twitter)

There is no word on a cause or damage estimate.

Investigators urge residents and business owners in the area to check their surveillance or dashcam footage for possible evidence. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windsor Police Arson Unit at 519-255-6700, ext. 4330. They can also contact Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.catchcrooks.com.

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