Ottawa

Family homeless after model home fire

A family of four who was supposed to move into their brand new home in two weeks will have to look for temporary shelter after a fire early Friday morning.

A family of four who was supposed to move into their brand new west Ottawa home in two weeks will have to look for temporary shelter after a fire early Friday morning.

Ottawa fire officials and arson investigators are probing the blaze at a new Stittsville, Ont., subdivision that tore through the model home where a real estate agent currently works.

Fire spokesman Marc Messier said the home is surrounded by empty lots.

Crews responded to the area of Loreka Court and Hartin Street around 1:16 a.m. in Stittsville, Ont., where they found flames at the rear of the home and attic.

The fire appears to have spread upwards from the back deck.

Crews were able to extinguish the fire at 2:03 a.m., but not before the home had heavy fire damage to the inside and outside. The roof was also completely destroyed, with heavy smoke and water damage throughout the home.

The home at Lot 16 Loreka Ct. had no official address, but was fully furnished and set to be occupied in two weeks by a couple and their two children.

The homes in the subdivision were being advertised as selling at about $550,000 per lot.

Damages are estimated at $250,000. Nobody was inside the home at the time.

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