Firefighters battle a blaze on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa’s east end

An evening fire severely damaged a 12-unit apartment building in Ottawa’s east end.

Firefighters responded to 911 calls around 8:40 p.m. Thursday, reporting a fire in a four-story apartment building on Ogilvie Road, between Palmerston Drive and Cadboro Road. One person told CTV News Ottawa they heard an explosion.

“Flames and smoke are coming through the roof on arrival,” the Ottawa Fire Department said on Twitter.

Just after 9 p.m., the Ottawa Fire Department reported that the building was completely engulfed in smoke and flames.

Firefighters were seen going through the building looking for occupants. Ottawa Fire Department photographer Scott Stilborn said at 9:19 p.m. that all firefighters were ordered out of the building due to “concerns about the collapse.”

The blaze was declared under control at 10:20 p.m. and firefighters were “heading inside to extinguish any hot spots,” the Ottawa Fire Department said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A dog was rescued from the burning building and returned to its owner.

As of 10 p.m., Ottawa Fire Department said there were no reported injuries involving residents or firefighters.

“Amazing work for extremely skilled firefighters,” said Kim Ayotte, general manager of Ottawa Emergency and Protective Services. “Very grateful that no serious injuries have been reported at this time.”

Beacon Hill-Cyrville County Tim Tierney said the City of Ottawa and partner agencies are on the scene to help residents displaced by the fire.

Ogilvie Road is closed between Bathgate Drive and Matheson Road until further notice.

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