KINBURN – There are reports of injuries and loss of livestock as West Carleton firefighters battled a barn fire on Diamondview Road this morning (Nov. 30).

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received multiple 911 calls starting at 8:19 a.m. reporting a building was on fire at on Diamondview Road.

“Firefighters arrived on scene at 8:30 a.m. encountering an agricultural storage building consumed by flames,” OFS public information officer Carson Tharris released in a statement this morning. “The roof collapsed two minutes later at 8:32 a.m.

Station 64 in Carp was reported first on scene, but firefighters from all West Carleton stations attended the call. Firefighters used a ladder truck to engage the blaze and water had to be transported to the scene for firefighter use.

“Firefighters began attacking the main body of the fire and protecting neigbouring structures from the flames,” Tharris said. “Crews also assisted to move equipment and vehicles from a neighbouring storage shed to protect them from damage.”

West Carleton Online arrived on scene around 10:30 a.m. but the Ottawa Police Service had blocked off Diamondview Road between Thomas A. Dolan Parkway and Old Coach Road. The constable at the roadblock reported there was one injury on scene, reports of livestock killed and the fire was still active at the time.

“Firefighters provided first aid to one resident before transferring care to the Ottawa Paramedic Service, Tharris said. “Firefighters used tanker vehicles to shuttle water from a hydrant in the area to fill large portable reservoirs on scene. An aerial ladder was deployed to flow a large volume of water from above on the burning structure and surrounding buildings. The fire was declared under control at 9:26 a.m.”

District 6 Chief Bill Bell later reported a casualty was being treated for smoke inhalation and was being treated at hospital. 

An OFS Investigator was en-route to examine the origins and cause of the fire.

“We would like to thank the following agencies who collaborated with us to manage this incident: Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Hydro,” Tharris said. “Our work together is based on trust, cooperation and a group commitment to service excellence and safety.”