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Ottawa man dies in Centretown fire, police arson unit is investigating

Ottawa Fire Services attend the scene of a fire on Argyle Avenue on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.
Ottawa Fire Services attend the scene of a fire on Argyle Avenue on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Ottawa Fire Services

A fire Monday in central Ottawa has killed one man and prompted an investigation from the police’s arson unit.

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Monday reporting smoke and alarms sounding in the residential highrise at 229 Argyle Ave.

Firefighters found smoke from a second-floor apartment and entered the unit while another crew battled the fire and ventilated smoke through the windows, according to a release.

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Fire crews said they found one unresponsive adult male in the apartment and performed CPR before transferring care to paramedics.

Ottawa police said Tuesday morning the 42-year-old man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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The Ottawa police arson unit is now investigating the incident in cooperation with OFS and the provincial fire marshal.

Ottawa fire crews said the fire was under control by 5:40 p.m., with damage contained to a single unit.

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