Investigation continues into downtown highrise fire that claimed life of man, 42
Ottawa Citizen

Investigators continue to probe a highrise fire at 229 Argyle Ave. Monday night that claimed the life of a 42-year-old man.

Ottawa firefighters, police and paramedics converged at the highrise after Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call.

Firefighters, on the scene at 5:29 p.m., discovered an unconscious man in a second-floor unit filled with smoke.

After administering CPR, firefighters transferred the patient to paramedics who were waiting outside.

The man was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation, a paramedic spokesman said.

He was declared deceased upon arrival at hospital. His identity was not released

There were no other injuries reported. Other residents have returned to their apartments.

Ottawa Fire Services said that there is no indication of the origin or cause of the fire.

The police arson squad, as agents of the coroner, and the fire marshal investigate alongside fire investigators in the case of all fatal fires.

It was the ninth fire death in 2020 — the most since 2001, Ottawa Fire Services said as it reinforced key fire safety measures.

The death toll is rivalled only by 2005, with eight lives lost. The annual average is four.

“We are concerned about this high number that we have seen this year,” public information officer Carson Tharris said. “We really wanted to get out the message to remind people to have a home fire safety plan and to test their smoke alarms because that is your first line of defence.”

Ottawa’s fire chief issued the same warning in May after local fire deaths had more than doubled over the previous three years and were up 65 per cent across Ontario over the same time last year.

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