Barn fire kills horses, cattle, chickens in rural south Ottawa

Fire officials say a fire in rural south Ottawa that killed three horses, five cows and a "number of chickens", plus destroyed one barn, has reignited.

Fire officials say fire killed 3 horses, 5 cows, 'number of chickens' at North Gower barns

A barn was destroyed after a fire caused $500,000 damage overnight Saturday, March 22, 2014. (CBC)

A major fire in Ottawa’s rural south end has reignited after killing five cows, three horses and a “number of chickens” and destroying one barn, fire officials say.

Firefighters responded to 6255 Prince of Wales Dr. in the town of North Gower at 11:20 p.m. Saturday for a barn fire.

When they arrived, firefighters found a two-storey barn, measuring 30 metres by nine metres, used to house livestock. That barn was destroyed and a second barn that measures 18 metres by 12 metres also caught fire.

In all, five cows, three horses and many chickens were killed. It’s not known what barn they were housed in. No humans were injured.

The fire caused $500,000 damage and destroyed the larger barn, officials said. 

Fire officials are investigating after two barns caught fire this weekend in North Gower. Horses, cattle and chickens were killed. (CBC)
Late Sunday morning, officials said the fire at the smaller barn had reignited and said it was under control a couple of hours later.

That second fire destroyed a fifth-wheel trailer and a farm tractor worth $45,000.

Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of the fires. Ottawa police closed Prince of Wales Drive for several hours overnight and again Sunday, but the road has reopened.

This fire is just down the road from a barn that was destroyed in October 2010. Almost 6,000 egg-laying hens were killed in that blaze.

Man injured in west end fire

At about 5 a.m. Sunday morning, another fire broke out in an apartment unit at 1081 Ambleside Dr., near the intersection of Richmond Road and Carling Avenue.

Ottawa paramedics say a 67-year-old man suffered respiratory distress due to smoke inhalation after a fire on the building’s eighth floor. The man was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.

Fire officials said the blaze was limited to unit 807 where there was extensive smoke damage. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which is not known.

Total damage was estimated at $200,000.