Fire damages 13-unit apartment building in east Ottawa

Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that severely damaged a 13-unit apartment building in Ottawa’s east end.

Firefighters responded to 911 calls around 8:40 p.m. Thursday, reporting a fire in a four-story apartment building on Ogilvie Road, between Palmerston Drive and Cadboro Road. One person told CTV News Ottawa they heard an explosion.

Ottawa’s 911 emergency response center received more than 60 calls about the fire shortly after it broke out.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the building was completely engulfed in smoke and flames.

Firefighters were seen going through the building looking for occupants. Ottawa Fire Department photographer Scott Stilborn said at 9:19 p.m. that all firefighters were ordered out of the building due to “concerns about the collapse.”

The fire was declared under control at 10:20 p.m.

No one was injured in the fire and several pets were rescued from the building, including a dog that was returned to its owner.

The fire was declared under control. @OttFire Firefighters head inside to put out hot spots. #OttNews

— Ottawa Fire Department (@OttFire)
April 29, 2022

Ottawa firefighters told CTV News Ottawa on Friday that eight of the 13 units were badly damaged by the fire. The other five units in the building suffered smoke and water damage.

“Something I wouldn’t want to see again,” neighbor Susan Labelle said. “I haven’t slept all night and I still haven’t slept.”

Initial investigation shows the fire started on an exterior wall and spread to the attic of the building. Officials say the fire is not considered suspicious.

Footage from the scene shows that the fire has spread to several floors of the building, with flames coming out of the roof.

“Amazing work for extremely skilled firefighters,” said Kim Ayotte, general manager of Ottawa Emergency and Protective Services. “Very grateful that no serious injuries have been reported at this time.”

“Everyone, thank God, was able to get out of their homes,” Labelle said.

Beacon Hill-Cyrville County Tim Tierney said the City of Ottawa and partner agencies are on the scene to help residents displaced by the fire.


The building was operated by Better Living Residential Co-Op

“All people are safe and missing – and we are working to place them at this time,” property manager Yvonne Ashby said.

“We’re working on finding places for them to stay for a while, while we sort out our building.”

Com. Tim Tierney says he will be hosting a fundraiser and goods drive in conjunction with Better Living Residential Co-Op to help residents displaced by the fire.

The event will take place on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1350 Ogilvie Road, with coffee, donuts and hot chocolate.

Residents are welcome to drop by and contribute to the fundraiser.

Tierney says the necessary elements include:

  • grocery cards
  • Cash donations
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Checks can be made payable to ‘Better Living Residential Co-Op’
  • Batteries, phone chargers, USB or Lightning chargers
  • Toiletries

With files from Peter Szperling of CTV News Ottawa

Ottawa Fire at the scene of a 2 alarm fire on Ogilvie Road between Palmerston and Cadboro. The fire is in a 12 unit residential row 3 #ottnews #OttFire #ottacity

— Scott Stilborn (@OFSFirePhoto)
April 29, 2022

It is a residential building with 4 floors. Totally involved in smoke and flames. #OttNews

— Ottawa Fire Department (@OttFire)
April 29, 2022

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