Kanata fire sparks police investigation

KANATA – A noon-hour fire in Kanata today (March 18) has left one person dead and sparked a police investigation.

“Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call at 11:25 a.m. to respond to reports of black smoke and flames visible at 46 Torcastle Way,” OFS public information officer Jen McNeely released in a statement today. “Upon arrival at a three-storey row housing unit crews made entry and declared a working fire in the upstairs bedroom.”

District 4, OFS Station 41 firefighters were first on scene. One person was found in the bedroom and patient care was transferred to Ottawa Paramedic Services.

“Cause and estimate dollar loss are still currently under investigation,” McNeely said. “Firefighters rescued an occupant from inside the structure. The fire was declared under control at 11:46 a.m. A loss stopped was declared at 12:14 p.m.”

A patient is in the care of the Ottawa Paramedic Service. An Ottawa Fire Investigator has been dispatched to the scene to determine the cause.

Ottawa Police Services officers attended the fire to assist the OFS and Ottawa Paramedics Service with a working fire. 

“One person was located deceased at the scene and another was treated for minor injuries,” the OPS released in a statement. “The investigation in underway in conjunction with the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office, our Arson Unit and Ottawa Fire Services, as is the practice in the case of a death.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the OPS Arson Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5190. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.