Last night as I was going to bed I noticed a bunch of smoke billowing from behind a building a block or two away. As I was watching I saw the whole block near the smoke suddenly lose power. Since it was late though, I went to bed (FYI: the flashing lights all around the block told me that the fire had already been reported).
This morning I woke up and checked some news sources online and sure enough a few places had reported that a fire had destroyed a 3-storey building in my neighborhood overnight…
OTTAWA – A portion of Ottawa’s downtown was a mess of water and smoke Wednesday morning as a major fire destroyed a three-storey building at the intersection of Florence and Bank streets, about a block south of Barrymore’s.
Dozens of firefighters worked to contain the fire that broke out at about 2 a.m. It was extinguished by 8 a.m., and the building was a smouldering ruin.
There was a Milano’s Pizza on the ground floor, with several apartments above it.
Thirteen people have been left homeless by the fire, but were unhurt. The Red Cross and Salvation Army have placed some of them in a local hotel.
One thing all the articles were missing, however, were pictures… So I grabbed my POS camera and headed out around 11am this morning (note: the above article has since been updated to show a few pictures of the aftermath). Click the photo below to go to my gallery of the pictures I took.