An Ottawa man is dead after fire broke out at a three-storey rooming house on Daly Avenue on the weekend.


The Ottawa fire department has not ruled out arson in the blaze that also displaced residents of a rooming house at 219 Daly Ave. and left two people suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.


At 2:10 a.m. Saturday, police and firefighters arrived at the scene of the fire at a three-storey rooming house complex.


The building was evacuated, but firefighters located a man in his 40s inside the building, with no vital signs.

The Fire Inspector’s Office and the Ottawa Police Service Fire Investigations Unit conducted a joint investigation yesterday.

While they have determined that the fire started on the third floor and spread to the roof, firefighters don’t yet know the cause, said Ottawa District Chief Dave Capstick.

Capstick said investigators have estimated the value of the damage at $100,000 for the building and $50,000 for its contents.

The fire department responded with 10 vehicles, including pumpers, ladder trucks and rescue trucks. Gas and hydro providers, as well as victim support services also attended the fire.

Police closed Daly Avenue between Friel and Nelson streets for the investigation.