Ottawa fire crews douse blaze from outside Baseline apartment building

Crews put out a fire on the second storey of an apartment building on Baseline Road on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. via Ottawa Fire Services

A Thursday morning fire in an apartment building on Baseline Road has displaced the occupants and killed a pet in the unit, according to fire crews.

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call shortly after 10 a.m. reporting smoke coming from the bedroom of an apartment on the second floor of 1720 Baseline Rd., a four-storey residential building in the city’s southwest end.

The first arriving vehicle on the scene was positioned to use a roof-mounted nozzle to douse the flames from the outside, according to OFS. Firefighters encountered heavy smoke as they entered the unit to extinguish any remaining flames and ensure no one had been inside.

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The fire was declared under control at 10:27 a.m.

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Occupants of the unit had safely evacuated, save for a dog who died in the fire, crews said.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the two residents, described as teenage sisters, who have been displaced by the fire.

An Ottawa fire investigator has been dispatched to uncover the origins of the fire.