Firefighters dig out buried hydrant at Columbus Ave. fire
Fire services asking residents to make sure hydrants are easily accessible
Firefighters responding to a call at a Columbus Avenue home this morning had to dig out a fire hydrant from a snowbank before they could extinguish the flames.
At around 8:16 a.m., multiple 911 callers reported smoke coming from a two-storey home at 241 Columbus Ave., according to an Ottawa Fire Services news release.
Fire was found in one room in a basement apartment, and no injuries were reported.
Here’s the reason why we ask that you take a moment to shovel out a hydrant near you. Due to a fire, crews had to dig out this <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hydrant?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hydrant</a> on Columbus this morning that was buried in snow and ice. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EverySecondCounts?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EverySecondCounts</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ottnews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ottnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/8Ztrx8CqwS">pic.twitter.com/8Ztrx8CqwS</a>—@MessierOnFire
A fire services spokesperson confirmed firefighters had to dig out a hydrant that was buried in a snowbank and use steam to thaw it.
Fire prevention and investigation officer Marc Messier advised residents to keep fire hydrants clear of snow and ice in a Saturday morning tweet.
The cause of the fire is unknown.