Ottawa

2nd new Stittsville home up in flames

Ottawa fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause after a newly-built Stittsville home was destroyed by a fire Monday evening.

Ottawa fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause after a newly-built Stittsville home was destroyed by a fire Monday evening.

Around 7:40 p.m. Monday, fire crews responded to a fire in the area of Overland Drive. The home had heavy smoke and flames in the basement, which caused extensive damage to the basement and main floor.

In fear of a floor collapse, crews were evacuated from the home and attacked the fire from outside the building as a second alarm was called.

The fire spread to the main floor and second floor before it was extinguished by the 42 firefighters that attended the scene.

The two-storey home, which sits at 719 Eaglecrest Heights in the Jackson Trails neighbourhood, is the second new home within the last four days to go up in flames in west Ottawa. The fire occurred just two kilometres away from where the first home caught on fire.

Early Friday morning, a new home on Loreka Court suffered heavy fire damage to the back deck, attic and roof after a blaze ripped through it.

In both cases, a family was set to move into the home in two weeks.

The Ottawa police arson unit arrived at the scene of the Eaglecrest fire Tuesday morning and has just started its investigation. Officials said it is too early to tell if the blazes are connected.

There were no injuries in either fire. The damage to the Eaglecrest home is estimated at $250,000.

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