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Cause of ByWard Market fire deemed accidental, sparked during roof work

Damage at Vittoria Trattoria building is now estimated to be more than $2-million.
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Vittoria Trattoria on William Street in the ByWard Market, April 15, 2019. Jenn Pritchard/

Ottawa Fire Services and the Office of the Fire Marshal say a massive fire at Vittoria Trattoria in the ByWard Market happened accidentally.

Flames started Friday morning, in the northeast corner of the building's roof, where roofing work was underway.

Officials say four of 12 units in the building at 35 William Street sustained more than $2-million in damage. The commercial complex was salvaged thanks to rapid fire suppression activities and strategies.

The OFS explains that aggressive extinguishing efforts ultimately prevented extensive damage in most businesses in the row on William Street.


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