Erik Stolpmann (@TheStolpMan) tweeted at 3:19am – 14 Dec 13:
Huge fire down the street. We are safe, but the entire force is here! pic.twitter.com/blH8rqJ3Kn (https://twitter.com/TheStolpMan/status/411772409545359360)
It seems like the entire fire fighting force, paramedics and police of Ottawa are on our street tonight.
An unrelenting fire has engulfed a house across the road from our home on Claymor Avenue.
Police are parked in our driveway and the neighbouring school playground is filled with ambulances and fire engines.
My gestimation is that there are over fifty emergency workers buzzing up and down our street.
Erik and I sat and watched the flames grow bigger and bigger, and we witnessed a brave fire-fighter climbing the ladder to the top floor to shoot water into the bedrooms.
The brightness of the flames shines through our curtains but the light of the fire is no match for the flashing cavalry of emergency vehicles.
Our thoughts are with the families of the affected houses and we hope that the morning brings good news that everyone got out unscathed.