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'Extensive damage' after convenience store fire spreads to residences

A fire that started in a Sandy Hill convenience store Wednesday morningspread to adjoining and adjacent residences, causing significantdamage, firefighters said.

A fire that started in a Sandy Hill convenience store Wednesday morning spread to adjoining and adjacent residences, causing significant damage, firefighters said.

At 8:36 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at a convenience store at 322 Somerset St. E. at Chapel Street. The fire escalated to a second-alarm fire shortly after that, spreading to the apartments above the store and to the adjacent building.

Ottawa police closed Somerset Street East in both directions between Chapel Street and Goulbourn Avenue, as well as Blackburn Avenue in both directions, while fire crews fought the blaze for three hours.

There were no injuries, but “there was quite extensive damage to both buildings,” said Ottawa Fire Captain Dan Dagg.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Ottawa Fire Department, but is not considered suspicious at this time.

No estimate on the damage is available at this time.

 
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