Dog dies, 4 people homeless after Gloucester rowhouse fire

Ottawa fire officials say a family dog died in a rowhouse fire on Saturday that also left four people homeless from two adjoining units.

Ottawa fire officials say a dog died in a row-house fire in the city’s Gloucester area on Saturday, which also left four people homeless.

Firefighters responded to the two-storey row-house at 1335 Foxwell St. before 2 p.m. Saturday for a fire that soon reached a second alarm and got into the roof.

Nobody was inside the unit where the fire started, so firefighters began attacking from outside. They then extinguished the main body of the fire, but flames continued in the attic.

The fire was under control at about 2:25 p.m.

In all, two units were damaged by fire and a third one has no access to its utilities, fire officials said. The total damage was estimated at $350,000.

Four people were homeless as a result of the blaze and a family dog died despite firefighters' efforts to revive it. No person was injured.

The cause has not yet been determined.