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Ontario Fire Marshal to investigate 'worst ByWard Market fire in decades'

Ottawa Fire Chief Kim Ayotte says he hasn't seen a blaze as bad as the one at Vittoria Trattoria in his 16 years in the city.
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Ottawa Fire Chief Kim Ayotte, April 12, 2019. Jenn Pritchard/

Ottawa's fire chief estimates more than $1-million in damages as flames caused a substantial amount of destruction to the Vittoria Trattoria building on William Street in the ByWard Market.

The blaze started at 11:30 a.m., Friday, it grew to a four alarm fire over two hours and was deemed under control at 2:30 p.m.

The Ontario Fire Marshal will be investigating, alongside Ottawa Fire Service investigators, to determine what caused the fire.

It did enough damage to cause the restaurant building's roof to collapse. 

Fire Chief Kim Ayotte added that his crews had to pump a ton of water into the building, as the fire was starting to crawl into neighbouring businesses. 

He said he's never seen a fire as big as this one in the 16 years he's worked in Ottawa, and he heard from some of his colleagues that they hadn't seen anything like it in decades.

Firefighters were expected to be putting out hot spots in the building until the late afternoon or early evening, Friday.


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