A house on Youngstown's South Side is no more, after being consumed by flames early Thursday.

Flames broke out a little before 1 a.m., quickly spreading throughout the home on  the 300-block of Chicago Avenue.

It was initially believed that someone was inside. However, a battalion chief who spoke with 21 News says the house was vacant, with no utilities, so it's suspicious that it caught fire.

The chief praised firefighters for doing what he says was a terrific job keeping those high flames from ruining a neighboring home, especially with the hot and balmy weather conditions.

An arson investigator will be out to investigate the cause of the fire.

An emergency demolition order has been placed on the house, which is a total loss.