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Dozens of vehicles damaged when fire collapses carport roof

An overnight fire in a carport in Ottawa's Bayshore area damaged 25 vehicles when it caused the structure's roof to collapse.

Police arson unit investigating fire on Bayshore Drive near Carling Avenue early Thursday

Watch emergency crews battle a large carport fire

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Video footage of a carport fire on Bayshore Drive early Thursday morning that left 25 vehicles and one townhouse damaged. 0:27

An overnight fire in a carport in Ottawa's Bayshore area damaged 25 vehicles when it caused the structure's roof to collapse.

Emergency crews were called to a car fire at 40 Bayshore Dr. at about 12:50 a.m., according to Ottawa Fire Services.

When the first firefighters arrived, they saw the flames had spread throughout the carport and to the side of a neighbouring townhouse.

The carport's roof eventually collapsed, damaging 25 vehicles inside, and flames damaged the outside of the townhouse next door.

The fire was eventually brought under control just after 2 a.m.

"The gas tanks, you could see them exploding and the smoke was terrible," said Corina Brown, who lives in the townhome and lost her vehicle in the fire.

"It took them a while to get it out but thank God they got it in time. It caught my house [on fire] but it didn't go through [the wall]."

Corina Brown lives in the townhome next to the carport and said when she rushed out during the fire, she didn't think she'd have a home to return to. (Amanda Pfeffer/CBC)

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the Ottawa police arson unit is getting involved in the investigation, according to fire spokesperson Danielle Cardinal.

Damage is estimated at about $475,000.

Southbound Bayshore Drive is down to one lane around Woodridge Drive as an investigation and cleanup efforts continue.

Fire crews had to fight a carport fire in west Ottawa from the outside early Thursday, while also working to stop flames from spreading to a nearby townhome. (Scott Stilborn/Ottawa Fire Services)
Some of the 25 vehicles damaged by a carport fire on Bayshore Drive in west Ottawa on April 19, 2018. (Amanda Pfeffer/CBC)

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