There are no reported injuries after a two-alarm fire at a commercial building in Nepean.
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) responded to a two-storey building on Cleopatra Drive off of Camelot Drive and West Hunt Club Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, following multiple 911 calls.
Black smoke and flames were visible from the roof as crews arrived on scene and a fast attack was initiated, with the first crew to arrive on scene reporting the fire may have began in an air conditioning (AC) unit.
Crews then reported flames from the roof were extending into the structure, and by 7:45 a.m., firefighters were dealing with multiple electrical hazards on the roof.
Firefighters had to pull down siding to access and extinguish flames inside the wall and thermal imaging cameras were used on the roof. OFS says due to high heat, parts of the roof had to be cut open using chainsaws to check for fire extension.
Shortly after 8 a.m., an exclusion area had to be sectioned off with red tape over fears the AC unit could fall through the roof, and firefighters were pulled back from the area.
The building was thoroughly searched shortly after 8:30 a.m. and it was confirmed there was no one inside the building, and by 8:45 a.m., the fire was declared under control. Firefighters performed salvage operations to help limit water damage and two fire trucks stayed on scene to monitor for any flare ups.
A fire investigator is responding to help determine the cause and origin of the fire.
@OttFire Firefighters have made a fast attack on the fire. Firefighters dealing with multiple electrical hazards on the roof. #OttNews pic.twitter.com/0wPRWT6Cxo— Ottawa Fire Services (@OttFire) April 27, 2022
@OttFire Firefighters have thoroughly searched the building and confirmed there is no one inside. #OttNews pic.twitter.com/ccDwy3Ag1q— Ottawa Fire Services (@OttFire) April 27, 2022