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Fire at St. Anthony of Padua extinguished after reports of smoke

Ottawa firefighters put out a fire after receiving a call about a smoky "haze" at St. Anthony of Padua church at Booth Street and Gladstone Avenue.

Emergency caller reported smoky 'haze' in historic building

A smoky 'haze' was reported at St. Anthony of Padua church at Booth Street and Gladstone Avenue Tuesday afternoon. (Kim Ayotte/Ottawa Fire Services/Twitter)

Ottawa firefighters responded to reports of smoke at St. Anthony of Padua church in Little Italy on Tuesday afternoon. 

The emergency call came in at 3:07 p.m., said Ottawa fire spokesperson Danielle Cardinal.

The caller reported "a haze, smoke, and an odour of burning paraffin" coming from the main floor of the historic building, according to an Ottawa Fire Services news release. 

Upon arriving on scene, firefighters declared a working fire in the concrete annex near the steeple of the church. 

A smoky haze lingers in St. Anthony of Padua chuch in Little Italy after a fire broke out in the church's annex on March 27, 2018. (Ottawa Fire Services)

No injuries

It's unclear whether there was anyone in the church when the fire broke out. The emergency call came from outside the building and there were no injuries reported, Cardinal said. 

Firefighters declared the fire under control at 3:22 p.m. and remained on scene to ventilate smoke in the main part of the building, she said. 

Booth Street and Gladstone Avenue were closed while firefighters tackled the blaze, though both roads have since reopened. 

St. Anthony's church has been the victim of fire twice in its history — once in 1913 and again in 1929. 

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