Two young women are dead and multiple others are in hospital after an early morning fire on Claymor Avenue in Ottawa’s south end.
Firefighters, paramedics and police all responded to a two-storey building at 1396 Claymor Ave. at about 3 a.m. Saturday. That is located near the Experimental Farm.
Firefighters rescued five people from the building and paramedics took them to hospital:
- Girl, 17, smoke inhalation & hypothermia.
- Girl, 16, smoke inhalation & hypothermia.
- Woman, 18, smoke inhalation & hypothermia.
- Man, 20, smoke inhalation & hypothermia.
- Pregnant woman, 21, severe smoke inhalation and hypothermia.
Two teenagers and the pregnant woman arrived at hospital in critical condition.
Paramedics said people who had made their way outside "could no longer walk due to frozen extremities and significant smoke inhalation." Paramedics then wrapped them in their uniform jackets.
A 57-year-old firefighter was also taken to hospital with minor lacerations suffered while fighting the fire.
Three others were seen outside in the cold when crews arrived, in their bare feet. They were treated for mild hypothermia.
Two women, 21 and 23, were unaccounted for and they were later pronounced dead.
The fire was deemed under control just over three hours after firefighters arrived. They remain on scene for overhaul operations.
Neither the cause nor total damage have been released. Two investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshal's office are going to look into the fire.