A family of five will be helped by the Canadian Red Cross and the Salvation Army after a fire Friday morning left their east-end apartment uninhabitable.
Paramedics said a woman in her 40s was transported to hospital in serious, but stable condition for treatment of minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The service also assessed three adolescents, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 50s, all of whom refused transport to hospital.
Ottawa Fire Services was summoned to 240 Brittany Dr., near St. Laurent Boulevard, at 7:06 a.m. by a call from the building’s alarm company. Subsequent 911 calls confirmed a fire was burning.
Arriving four minutes later, firefighters found heavy black smoke and flames coming from a fourth-floor unit.
There was heavy smoke in the hallway as they made their way upstairs and began fighting the flames and searching the unit for occupants.
Damage was contained to the apartment, where firefighters opened sections of walls and ceiling to make sure the fire was extinguished, Ottawa Fire Services said in a release.
Firefighters ventilated smoke from the hallways and ensured it was safe for residents, who sheltered in OC Transpo buses, to return to their homes.
Brittany Drive was reopened to traffic between St. Laurent Boulevard and Bangs Street at about 9:30 a.m.
A fire investigator was dispatched to determine the origin of the blaze.