Women allowed to return after early morning fire at Centretown shelter
No one injured in Saturday morning blaze
More than 60 women briefly displaced after an early Saturday morning fire at a downtown emergency shelter are being allowed to return to their units.
Crews were dispatched to the Centretown shelter shortly after 2:30 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls about a fire in a fourth floor bedroom, said Ottawa Fire Services.
Firefighters encountered heavy black smoke inside the shelter when they arrived, officials said.
The fire was brought under control by 3 a.m.
"Everyone is OK. Everyone is safe," said Susan Garvey, the executive director of Cornerstone Housing for Women, which operates the shelter, Saturday morning.
"They all had breakfast and we're all coming back now. We're just going to settle in. Everyone is fine," said Garvey.
The shelter is "back to business," Garvey added, and simply won't be using the room where the fire broke out.
OC Transpo was initially sent to the scene to shelter the 62 evacuees, officials said, and the Salvation Army and the Red Cross also offered assistance to the women.
Red Cross volunteer Clement Giraneza said the agency provided emergency clothing, blankets, and toiletries to the displaced women.
"We are staying on standby ... just in case fire services or other emergency services need our help," he said.
No one was hurt in the fire. Damage to the building and its contents is estimated at $100,000, said the fire department.
The fire's cause remains under investigation.