Monday night’s power outage ended in tragedy at one Ottawa home. A house on River Road has been left unrecognizable, after a fallen candle caused the building to go up in flames. As there were no hydrants nearby, local firefighters were forced to use river water to control the huge Ottawa fire.
Just after 9 p.m. on August 17, Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) responded to reports that a property on River Road was fully engulfed in flames.
According to OFS, per CBC News, residents had lit multiple candles inside of the home, following a power outage caused by a strong storm in the area.
Firefighters were told that one of the candles had fallen over, triggering the huge blaze inside the property.
Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders found no hydrants outside the house. OFS explained that firefighters opted to pump water from a nearby river to “increase the supply of water required to tackle the flames.”
Tanker Vehicles also shuttled water from a hydrant in the area, OFS added.
Although high winds threatened to spread the fire to nearby properties, crews were able to prevent the flames from advancing.
Responders confirmed that all residents had safely evacuated the home upon their arrival.
Ottawa Fire is on scene battling a fully involved house fire at 330 River Road. Everyone is reported to have safely… https://t.co/fUnlAjQXRw— Ottawa Fire Services (@Ottawa Fire Services)1597714807.0
The property, located at 330 River Road, appears to be listed for sale online.
According to the real estate listing, the home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and was built in 1984. It has an asking price of $750,000.
While OFS has not confirmed the extent of the damage to the building, the initial situation was described as a “fully involved house fire.”
Ottawa Fire on scene of a Working Fire at 330 River Road. Single family home was heavily involved on arrival. There… https://t.co/iA9gXukNOg— Scott Stilborn (@Scott Stilborn)1597716487.0
On Monday night, a tornado watch was issued in parts of Ontario, with Environment Canada warning that locals should be prepared to take cover.
The storm caused power outages across Ottawa, and thousands of residents were left without power for several hours.
OFS confirmed that the fire on River Road has now been extinguished.
On the same night, crews responded to multiple downed power lines and trees, as well as a collision on March Road.