Man, pregnant daughter, 3 dogs escape Ottawa fire

A man in his early 50s and his visiting daughter, who is 38 weeks pregnant, escaped a house fire in far west Ottawa with three dogs but the home was destroyed.

Roof collapse forced firefighters to battle blaze from outside; cause still undetermined

A man, his pregnant daughter and three dogs managed to escape a large fire in Ottawa's far west edge, but the man's home was destroyed.

The fire began just before 6 p.m. Saturday in the garage at 4738 Torbolton Ridge Rd. near Galetta Side Road. The fire then spread to the one-and-a-half storey home, which was fully engulfed minutes later.

The roof soon collapsed, which forced firefighters to fight the blaze from outside, according to spokesman Marc Messier.

Paramedics took the homeowner, a man in his early 50s, to the Almonte General Hospital for minor smoke inhalation and chest discomfort. His daughter, who was visiting and 38 weeks pregnant, was also sent to hospital as a precaution.

Two of the three dogs were able to escape the building with the owner but one of the dogs was stuck in the basement. Firefighters originally feared the dog had died but later said he was found and returned safely to his owner.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were called in to assist the man and his daughter.

A vehicle, which was in the garage, was damaged in the fire but a second vehicle in the driveway was protected.

The cause of the fire is so far undetermined. The total damage is estimated at $450,000.