Several displaced by Catherine Street fire

Several people are out of their homes after a fire in a small apartment building on Catherine Street Wednesday.

Fire in small apartment broke out Wednesday afternoon

Ottawa firefighters battle a 2-alarm apartment fire at 129 Catherine St. The fire has displaced several people and broken through the roof of the building. No injuries were reported. (@OFSFirePhoto/Twitter)


  • The Ottawa Curling Club said Saturday it had reopened, three days after the fire broke out.

Several people have been forced out of their homes by a two-alarm fire in a small Catherine Street apartment complex.

Firefighters received multiple 911 calls Wednesday around 3 p.m. about the blaze at 129 Catherine St.

They arrived to find a considerable fire, and more crews were called to the scene.

Carter Struk, who lives in a house on Catherine Street, says he and his roommates smelled smoke from a fire that started next door. 0:38

Since the initial call fire has broken through the roof of the building and caused a partial collapse of the rear wall.

Firefighters are also working to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties, including the Ottawa Curling Club.

As of 4 p.m., no injuries had been reported. Residents were being kept warm in OC Transpo buses, and the Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army have both been called in to offer shelter, the fire department said.

A fire investigator is looking into the cause. 

The two-alarm fire broke out at around 3 p.m. Wednesday. (Laurie Trudel/Radio Canada)
Firefighters respond to a blaze at a Catherine Street apartment complex on Feb. 13, 2019. (Laurie Trudel/Radio Canada )