Police were called to the 800 block of Arbour Lake Road N.W. at about 11:00 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a collision.

The driver of a Ford Expedition lost control of the vehicle and crashed into two homes on the street.

A fire erupted and the two homes sustained extensive damage. A third house also suffered damage to the roof and siding from the blaze.

Firefighters stayed at the scene all night watching for hot spots.

The driver of the SUV was taken to hospital in serious condition and has since been released.

Darren McDowell, 32, is charged with impaired driving and taking a vehicle without consent.

McDowell will appear in court on Friday.

No one else was hurt in the incident.