Firefighters responding to a call at a Columbus Avenue home this morning had to dig out a fire hydrant from a snowbank before they could extinguish the flames.
At around 8:16 a.m., multiple 911 callers reported smoke coming from a two-storey home at 241 Columbus Ave., according to an Ottawa Fire Services news release.
Fire was found in one room in a basement apartment, and no injuries were reported.
Here’s the reason why we ask that you take a moment to shovel out a hydrant near you. Due to a fire, crews had to dig out this #hydrant on Columbus this morning that was buried in snow and ice. #EverySecondCounts #Ottnews pic.twitter.com/8Ztrx8CqwS— @MessierOnFire
A fire services spokesperson confirmed firefighters had to dig out a hydrant that was buried in a snowbank and use steam to thaw it.
Fire prevention and investigation officer Marc Messier advised residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow and ice in a Saturday morning tweet.
The cause of the fire is unknown.