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Ottawa firefighter suffers injury while battling two fires in Centretown West

Ottawa Fire Services responded to Bell Street Wednesday evening, where two homes scheduled for demolition were on fire.

An Ottawa firefighter was injured while battling two fires in Centretown West. 

Around 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) responded to Bell Street, between Raymond Street and Arlington Avenue, after several 9-1-1 calls reporting two houses on fire. 

The fire crew arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and confirmed that two single family homes were on fire. One structure had caught fire, with heavy flames in the basement and on both the first and second floors, and that fire spread to the neighbouring home. 

Both two-storey structures were set to be demolished, and after searching both through the heavy smoke and flames, it was confirmed there were no occupants inside either home. 

Fire crews did have a number of hazards to contend with on scene, including the first structure being declared a collapse risk at 10:40 p.m., which meant firefighters could no longer enter, and a brick chimney that was in poor condition created another hazard.

There were also live hydro wires arcing in the backyard, so Ottawa Hydro responded and shut down power to the entire street shortly after 11 p.m.

The fire was declared under control at 11:35 p.m., though crews remained on scene to keep an eye out for hot spots or flare ups, and a fire investigator was dispatched to determine the cause. 

One firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was taken to hospital around 11:40 p.m. and OFS said victim assistance was not required due to the fact that both homes were unoccupied.

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