This is video from a fire on Saturday evening in Old Ottawa that firefighters say started as a grass fire and spread to a house and then to a second home. What is most unusual in this video is between the two and three minute mark. During those 60 seconds, not one, but three different hose lines got away from firefighters. And, of course, the camera catches all three.
Firefighters were called to 128 Hopewell Ave. just before 8 p.m. for a blaze that spread from one home to another, leaving behind $700,000 in damages to the structures and another $300,000 in damages to their contents.
Police say both homes were severely damaged and a third will likely have smoke and water damage.
Ottawa Fire spokesman Marc Messier said they suspect the fire started as a grass fire, which spread to the home.
On arrival, firefighters were concerned about live hydro wires that had been downed in the street. The downed wires made it necessary to cut power to the area at around 8 p.m., and Ottawa Hydro said 1320 customers were affected.
Just after 8:30, crews temporarily pulled out of the Hopewell home and moved into a defensive position because of the intensity of the fire — flames had begun licking through the roof.
We had to evacuate approximately 30 residents along the way, and shut down hydro,” said David Cranidge, deputy chief of operations for the Ottawa Fire Service.
“The big thing we have going here – you know we have a bush fire in the west end as well – and we are trying to rotate our crews around. So they’ve had a tough day,” Cranidge said.
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