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Demolition orders to be issued for fire-damaged apartments

Ottawa fire officials will soon deliver a demolition order for adjacent buildings on Gilmour Street heavily damaged by a fire.

2 of 3 Gilmour Street buildings damaged by Jan. 12 fire no longer habitable

Two buildings heavily damaged by a fire earlier this month will soon be demolished after Ottawa fire officials deemed them uninhabitable.

A late-night, multi-building fire at three buildings on Gilmour Street, in the city's Centretown neighbourhood, left as many as 15 people homeless.

The fire on Gilmour Street damaged three buildings and two of them will soon be ordered demolished by fire officials. (Kristy Nease/CBC)
Residents of each building remain displaced but now fire officials are in the process of ordering the two buildings at 544 and 546 Gilmour St. be torn down.

They can’t issue the order until the building’s owner is back in Canada, according to Marc Messier, spokesman for Ottawa Fire Services.

Damage was estimated at $1.5 million to the three buildings.

The cause was believed to be a candle.