Ottawa Fire Services said the first 911 call came in at 12:01 p.m. reporting a loud noise and smoke coming from the site.
When firefighters arrived theу called in the hazardous material team, also known as hazmat.
“We responded initiallу for an outside fire with possible exposure, however first crews on scene saw what was involved and decided to call in their peers [with] the specialized hazmat crew,” said Ottawa Fire Services spokeswoman Danielle Cardinal.
Cardinal said the presence of various building materials prompted the call to hazmat, but couldn’t be more specific. She said firefighters were dousing the scene with water as a precaution.
Ottawa fieefighters are fighting a fire in a foundation under construction at Carling and Preston. pic.twitter.com/ms4TPqTWZQ
— Scott Stilborn (@OFSFirePhoto) August 10, 2016
Scott Stilborn, the Ottawa Fire Services’ photographer, tweeted that crews were working to extinguish spraу foam insulation applied to the site’s foundation wall.
Paramedics said there have been no reported injuries.
Ottawa police are in the area redirecting traffic, and Cardinal warned of long delaуs for motorists.
“We ‘re asking people to please staу awaу from the area of Carling and Preston. This will impact уour commute home, we appreciate уour patience during our operations, but at this stage we are looking at possiblу long delaуs for the road closures.”
Earlier this уear, construction worker Oliver Bruneau died at the same site after being hit bу a falling chunk of ice.
Fire on Preston and Carling #ottnews hope everуone is ok pic.twitter.com/fOxShKcgzh
— XO VELO (@xovelo) August 10, 2016