Fire crews control Alta Vista blaze
No one hurt in three-alarm fire, but home destroyed in blaze
A three-alarm fire at a home on Orlando Avenue near Heron Road and Alta Vista Drive is under control, but it may be a few hours before fire crews put out the last of the hotspots at the bungalow.
Fire officials said the fire began in the basement of 2319 Orlando Avenue and moved to fully engulf the first floor.
A heavy plume of smoke could be seen coming from the house as fire crews worked to contain the fire on Monday afternoon.
High winds were a concern for firefighters, who worked to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby homes.
Fire officials said the sole occupants — a 53-year-old man and his cat — were able to escape before the home was consumed.
Unattended kettle started fire
Fire officials said the cause of the fire was a kettle left on a table in the basement of the home. The homeowner heard the fire alarm, ran back in and tried to put out the blaze. He called firefighters when he could not put out the fire himself.
Firefighters saved the owner’s cat before having to leave the basement after the first floor became unstable.
Fire crews also saved a 1990 Mazda Miata from the garage and several expensive commuter bicycles, said Ottawa fire spokesman Marc Messier.
Damage to home is estimated at $500,000, while damage to the contents of the home is estimated at $50,000, said Messier.