Women’s rooming house in repair after blaze

By Adam Hooper

A fire ravaged this women's rooming house on Nepean Street. Photo: Adam Hooper

Construction workers were busily repairing a women’s rooming house on

Nepean Street Tuesday morning. A fire gutted the building Saturday night, which police deemed “suspicious.”

Police spokesperson, Const. Jean Paul Vincelette, dismissed rumours that the fire was started by a Molotov cocktail, a type of homemade bomb. “It doesn’t appear like anything was thrown in the window,” he said.

No one was hurt, but the blaze caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

Some women in the community expressed concern that this disaster came only a week after a fire killed 61-year-old Judith Werner at
a women’s shelter on MacLaren Street, Vincelette is confident
“these fires have no link.” The MacLaren Street fire is not being investigated as suspicious.

Lula Adam, the executive director of Interval House Ottawa, which shelters abused women and children, sees a silver lining: these recent fires encourage staff and residents to pay more attention to fire drills and emergency exits.

“We keep emphasizing the importance of how to get out,” she said.
“This brings (the issue) to the foreground.”

For additional photos of the damage, click here.


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