On September 15, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m. EDT, the Ottawa Fire Department in Canada, responded to a request for immediate presence to extinguish an apartment building fire that potentially put the lives of 180 families in danger.
Located across the street from Mont-Bleu High School at 420 Cité des Jeunes Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, a lavish 4-story apartment building housing 180 families put all occupants in danger when flames ignited during late morning within the building from an unknown source.
CBC Canada stated, “The Ottawa Police Department in Canada has shut down Mont-Bleu Boulevard and Riel Boulevard in an attempt to keep onlookers out of danger, and to control the flames pouring from the roof of the apartment building endangering 180 families during the day.”
Ottawa Police released that, thus far, one person is being treated for smoke inhalation while the building is still ablaze.
The Ottawa Police Department has yet to release any other information regarding injuries or other damages. It is unknown how many families are affected. Updates to be posted.
UPDATE: The high school students have been evacuated as a precaution.
Written by Jhayla D. Tyson
Edited by Cathy Milne
CBC Canada: Gatineau,Que., Apartment Building on Fire
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