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Ottawa Fire deals with four-alarm blaze in Nepean

Several townhouse units gutted by flames in afternoon fire

Crews douse the fire from above. From the ground, it appeared to have cut through several units.

Ryan Tumilty / Metro

Crews douse the fire from above. From the ground, it appeared to have cut through several units.

Ottawa firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that tore through several townhouses Sunday afternoon.

The fire gutted the complex causing an estimated $3.5 million damage and displacing 65 to 70 people.

Ottawa Fire was called to 34 Northview Rd. at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Baseline and Merivale roads.

Even before they arrived on scene, firefighters called a second alarm, bringing more resources. And shortly after arriving they escalated further, adding a third alarm and then a fourth around 2:15 p.m.

That brought dozens of firefighters to the scene including two aerial units, which were dousing the fire from overhead.  

The rear of the units faced onto Eleanor Park.

Ryan Tumilty / Metro

The rear of the units faced onto Eleanor Park.

Ottawa Fire said that were no injuries to firefighters or residents. From the ground, crews could be seen dousing the roofs of at least four units that appeared to be heavily damaged.

Crews had to battle the weather as well as frigid temperatures, which hovered aorund -12 C, with a strong wind chill.

OC Transpo has brought buses to the area and the Salvation Army and the Red Cross were also called to the scene to help out.

Smoke rises up from the units several townhouses were destroyed by the fire and it brought dozens of firefighters to the area.

Ryan Tumilty / Metro

Smoke rises up from the units several townhouses were destroyed by the fire and it brought dozens of firefighters to the area.

The Red Cross was preparing to help several displaced families who would not be able to return home.

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