An investigator from Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal is coming to the scene of a $1-million fire in Ottawa’s west end that left a family of five homeless.
Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Marc Messier said they were called to a home at 109 Topol Lane in Carp around 5:15 p.m. Sunday.
A 13-year-old boy found the fire in the garage and tried to put it out with an extinguisher before it spread into the home, Messier said.
He and his family were outside the home when crews arrived, according to Messier, and the teen was taken to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario for smoke inhalation.
The roof of the 3,500-square-foot home collapsed shortly after fire crews arrived. A 181-kilogram propane tank was kept cool by firefighters.
Messier said damage has been estimated at $600,000 to the buildings and more than $350,000 to their contents.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and a representative of the Office of the Fire Marshal will arrive Monday morning, Messier said.
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