Apartment fire keeps hundreds from returning home
About 700 people at an east Ottawa apartment building will not be able to return to their homes Monday night after an electrical fire.
Two people were hurt after a electrical vault explosion at 1244 Donald St., a 16-floor apartment building owned by Greenwin Property Management.
Hydro Ottawa cut off power to the building and the Electrical Safety Authority is investigating the incident and wil be deciding when power can be restored.
Residents have been told they will not be able to return to the building until the agency has determined it is safe.
City officials said residents who cannot find other accommodation will be sent to the Overbrook Community Centre, where people from the Red Cross and Salvation Army will be on hand to assist.
Ottawa Fire Services said a fire started on the main floor and spread to the basement. The blaze was contained to that area, but smoke spread to the third floor before the fire was brought under control just after 2:30 p.m.
One man was injured in the fire and is in hospital in serious but stable condition with burns. An elderly person who suffered from smoke inhalation was also treated and transported to hospital.