Ottawa

Fire prompts evacuation of Vanier school

Assumption Catholic School and a daycare in the building were evacuated when a fire broke out at the school Tuesday, but fire officials say no one was injured.

Alarm triggered quick response from teachers and students

The school was safely evacuated shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. (@OFSFirePhoto/Twitter)

Assumption Catholic School and a daycare in the building were evacuated when a fire broke out at the school Tuesday, but fire officials say no one was injured. 

Firefighters say the fire began shortly after noon in a ground floor storage room at the 236 Levis Ave. school. Staff at the school reported smelling smoke and hearing a crackling sound from a storage room.

The school's security system triggered the evacuation and the call to Ottawa Fire Services. 

Both the school and the Vanier Co-operative Childcare Centre, which occupies part of the school property, were evacuated. None of the children, including the school's 200 students, was injured.

They took shelter at nearby St. Joseph Adult High School at 330 Lajoie St.

The fire was under control by 1:08 p.m., Ottawa Fire Services said. They credit the school's regular fire drills for the speedy evacuation.

 

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

A spokesperson for the Ottawa Catholic School Board says the school will reopen tomorrow.