Fire at Ottawa medical center sparks arson investigation

Ottawa firefighters said the investigation into a fire at a medical center east of downtown on Thursday morning has been turned over to police.

Firefighters were called to St. Laurent Medical Center around 4:10 a.m., according to a statement.

There was smoke and flames at the rear of the building when they arrived and they were able to limit the damage to the exterior, with the added challenge that the flames were near a gas meter.

The fire was deemed under control around 4:55 a.m. No one was injured.

Just after 8 a.m., a spokesperson for the Ottawa Fire Department told Radio-Canada that it was an arson attack and that the investigation had been turned over to the police. Ottawa Police have yet to release any information.

The center on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, near Donald Street, houses a walk-in clinic, a team of family doctors, a pharmacy and skin-care services, according to its website.

It is not immediately known if and how these services are affected by the fire.

There was debris towards the rear of the building visible from the street. (Emmanuelle Poisson/Radio-Canada)

Ottawa police are also investigating two suspicious fires nearby early Wednesday morning: just over a kilometer from the medical center on Irwin Miller Street and about two kilometers on Jeanne-Mance Street.

The article is in French

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