Category Archives: Police, Fire & Paramedics

Fires nearby in Katimavik, Richardson Side Road

Ottawa Fire responded to two calls near Stittsville this afternoon:

  • A fire at a two-storey home at 8 Forbes Avenue in Katimavik was called in just after 2:00pm.    The homeowner got out safely along with a pet dog and birds. Damage is estimated at $225,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.
  • Also this afternoon, a fire at 2173 Richardson Side Road, just east of Carp Road.  Ottawa Fire Services responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a fire in a three-sided, 2,000 square foot recycling shed.  Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed the fire in rubble in the large shed. The main body of the fire was under control by 2:30pm. 



Major fire at vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road

(Photo via Ottawa Fire.)

Firefighters from several stations responded to a major fire at the Cash for Trash vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road.

Several cars caught fire at the yard, located just east of Munster Road.  Flewellyn remained closed from Munster to Conley as of about 5:00pm. No injuries have been reported.

Ottawa fire received a call just before noon today and Station 81 from Stittsville was the first to respond.  A large plume of smoke could be seen from Stittsville and Kanata and there were still fire vehicles responding nearly an hour later.  Police and paramedics are also on the scene.

CBC Ottawa reported that workers were baling scrap metal when a spark started a very small fire that quickly grew out of control.

Ottawa Fire described the fire as a “large scrap vehicle fire”.  Cash for Trash buys and disposes of old and unwanted vehicles.

Ottawa Public Health is advising residents who are bothered by the smoke to stay indoors and close windows and doors.


‘Wiches Cauldron closed Tuesday after break-in

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck. First their web site was hacked, and now they’re closed for the day after an overnight break-in.

Another Stittsville food truck, Pong’s Poutine on Carp Road, was also broken into last night.  Some pop and change was stolen, and Pong’s was open for business today.

(UPDATE: The Carp Sweet Potato truck was also broken into. They reported limited damage and nothing of value lost.)



Quarry parties a balancing act for owners and police

(Above: Photo by Jordan Mady.)

QUARRY PARTIES USUALLY START OFF WITH A TEXT.  “Let’s hit the quarry tonight”. Young people – usually students of high school or university age – then get together at one of the local quarries or sandpits, jump into the water basins and maybe even crack a cold one or two.

Sometimes under-age, they’re technically trespassing on industrial properties owned by Thomas Cavanagh Construction or R.W. Tomlinson.

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Fireworks by-law will be enforced for Canada Day week, says City

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, the City reminds anyone planning to use fireworks to celebrate Canada Day do so in a safe and courteous manner and to comply with the City’s Fireworks By-law.

The Fireworks By-law outlines the rules around fireworks use.

The City recommends that you not attempt family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays, but rather plan to attend fireworks displays hosted by municipalities and operated by professionals who are trained to handle and discharge fireworks safely.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Canada Day — Wednesday, July 1. They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.

The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Canada Day, is prohibited in the City of Ottawa.

Display fireworks, such as those on Parliament Hill, and smaller-scale versions at public parks on holiday weekends, may only be discharged by someone over 18 who holds a permit issued by the Ottawa Fire Chief. Applications for these permits must be submitted 30 days before the intended display.

Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario. Anyone selling, purchasing or using firecrackers within the City of Ottawa is in violation of the Fireworks By-law as well as provincial law.

Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law on for further details. Violations of the Fireworks By-law may be reported to 3-1-1.


Vandals torch play structure in Glen Cairn

UPDATE – JUNE 26: Ottawa Police and Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information on the vandalism that leads to an arrest.  Police say this fire was set around 10:30pm, and received reports of another play structure with burn marks nearby at Glen Cairn Public School.  If you have information regarding the identity of the suspects responsible or witness any suspicious or criminal  activity in the parks call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


A small fire on a play structure in Rickey Place Park in Glen Cairn has left behind a big bill for the City and a big inconvenience for kids.

Late last night, neighbours noticed flames coming from the play structure.  Damage was limited to a hole burned through a plastic tunnel on the structure, but the whole tunnel has to be replaced. Continue reading


SIU closes investigation into Stittsville collision

(Press release from the Ontario SIU.)

Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) review of an incident that occurred in Ottawa earlier this month, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation.

The SIU review determined that at approximately 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, an officer was responding to a call with his emergency lights and siren activated. At the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Huntmar Drive, the officer’s cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle. The officer and the 52-year-old woman driver from the other vehicle were transported for treatment to the Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus. Due to the fact that medical reports revealed there was no evidence of serious injury in this case, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.


Special Investigations Unit investigates collision at Huntmar & Hazeldean

UPDATE: Roads in the area have re-opened as of about 4:30pm.  Also, the SIU has suspended its investigation into the crash.



Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating a collision this morning involving a police car at the intersection of Huntmar and Hazeldean roads.

Police are advising residents to avoid the area due to ongoing road closures.

The SIU says the crash happened at about 9:20am when an Ottawa police officer was responding to call.

Ottawa paramedics say they responded to a serious two-vehicle t-bone collision and treated two people at the scene.  A male police officer in his 30s was treated for a serious head injury. He was initially unconscious but regained consciousness soon after paramedic’s arrival. He is in serious but stable condition in hospital.

An 52-year-old female was treated for hip, spinal leg injuries. The woman was trapped in her vehicle and required extrication by Ottawa Fire Services. She too is in serious but stable condition in hospital.

J.P. Trottier of the Ottawa Paramedic Service says that as of 10:20am, both victims were awake and in serious but stable condition in hospital.

The SIU says they’ve assigned seven investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 2293.


Volunteer firefighters continue 70-year tradition in Stittsville

(Above: Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Stittsville’s main fire station is still staffed by volunteers, who are part of a community tradition that dates back to the 1940s.

Brian Bedard, a volunteer since 1977 and now captain of Station 81 on Stittsville Main Street, was the guest speaker at a talk hosted by the Goulbourn Historical Society on May 16. Continue reading


Ottawa Fire will be knocking on doors June 1-8 to check on smoke alarms

(Press release via the City of Ottawa.)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) firefighters will be out in the community during the first week of June to encourage residents to install, test and ensure that smoke alarms in their homes are operating.

June 1 to 8 is the first of two eight-day blitzes OFS plans for 2015 as part of its annual Wake Up campaign. The second blitz will take place in the fall.

During this period homes throughout the city will receive visits from firefighters. The Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have a working smoke alarm on each floor and a working carbon monoxide alarm in each home.

Homeowners who need new or additional alarms will be given information on how to acquire one. Homeowners who do not have any working alarms may have one immediately installed for them, or be provided with new batteries.

Visits will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 2 and 4 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home. This is a courtesy call only.

Subdivisions built in the last five years are less likely to receive visits. If no one is home when OFS comes calling, fire safety information will be left in the mailbox.

Firefighters visit Ottawa homes in this manner year round and have been doing so since the Wake Up program began in 2005. For more information visit


Garage fire on Upper Dwyer Hill Road

Via Ottawa Fire:

Ottawa Fire Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a house on fire at 1195 Upper Dwyer Hill. The calls came in at approximately 19:59 this evening. Upon arrival, the crews reported that the garage was fully involved and was spreading to the trees. A working fire was put in immediately at 20:03. It was confirmed that the garage was a detached garage about 12ft x 20ft. It was about 200ft from the house. It was reported that there was a truck in the garage that was also fully involved. The fire had spread to a wood pile and some trees nearby. There was no damage to the house. Approximate damages to the garage and truck are $60,000. No one was home at the time of the fire. An under control time was put in at 20:18 and a loss stopped at 20:37. The cause is still undetermined at this time.

(All photos via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.)

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.


House fire on Maestro Avenue in Fairwinds North

Ottawa Fire Services responded to a 911 call today shortly after 2:30pm about a fire on Maestro Avenue in the Fairwinds North area.

The 911 caller reported seeing black smoke coming from a second storey vent.  The home was empty and no injuries were reported.

The Ottawa Fire Department initially reported the fire as being at 101 Maestro Avenue, but a resident says that it was in fact at 103.

An Ottawa Fire SUV was parked in the driveway in front of the homes on Wednesday evening.  The upstairs windows at 101 and 103 Maestro Avenue were wide open but there was no visible damage on the outside.  At least one family has been temporarily displaced.

The townhome is in a newer area of Fairwinds North, and homes have only been occupied for the past few weeks. A neighbour told that the people at 103 Maestro were renters and were renters and were in the process of moving in when the fire started.

Ottawa Police, Ottawa Paramedics, Hydro One and Enbridge Gas were all tiered to the call to assist, and the fire was reported as under control by 3:00pm.   Crews remained on scene working to extinguish the fire.


Fire on Lloydalex leaves five people homeless


A fire at 122 Lloydalex Crescent on Saturday afternoon has left five people homeless, including two adults and two kids from one unit, and a woman from another.

There were no injuries but Ottawa Fire estimates the damage was $450,000.  The cause is under investigation.

The Red Cross sent volunteers to assist residents affected by the fire

All photos by Joaquin Benitez.

Fire on Lloydalex, May 2, 2015. Photo by Joaquin Benitez. Fire on Lloydalex, May 2, 2015. Photo by Joaquin Benitez. Fire on Lloydalex, May 2, 2015. Photo by Joaquin Benitez. Fire on Lloydalex, May 2, 2015. Photo by Joaquin Benitez.



UPDATE: Police seek two “persons of interest” in Tanger shooting

The two people arrested yesterday by Ottawa Police after the Tanger Outlets shooting have been released without charges.  Police are looking for two “persons of interest” in connection with yesterday’s events.

You can read eyewitness reports from yesterday’s events as they unfolded here.


It came in like a wrecking ball: 1518 Stittsville Main Street demolished

Demolition of 1518 Main
Photo courtesy of Marisa Dube

Demolition of the old Bradley’s General Store building at 1518 Stittsville Main Street started at 7am today. By 10am it was a pile of bricks.  A fire destroyed the building in September 2013.  Although it had heritage designation, the building was deemed to be structurally unsound.

No word yet on what will replace the building, or when.

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Fire on Abaca Way caused by a discarded cigarette

Abaca Fire Photo
Photo from the Ottawa Fire Department

Ottawa Fire said this morning via Twitter:

“Yesterday’s fire on Abaca Way was caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette. Cigarette was put in a planter which caught fire. This is the third fire in a week caused by carelessly discarded smoking material.”

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