Statement by Ottawa Community Housing on the Fire at 251 Donald Street

OTTAWA, August 2, 2019 – Ottawa Community Housing has issued the following statement regarding the fire that occurred this morning at 251 Donald Street in the Overbrook area.

Our thoughts are with the family and the loved ones of the person who perished in this tragic fire and the entire community during this difficult time.

The health and safety of our tenants is OCHC’s top priority. OCHC staff, as well as partners from the Canadian Red Cross, Options Bytown and the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre were onsite immediately assisting impacted tenants.

Tenants from the 14th floor were temporarily relocated as a result of the fire. Accommodations have been secured.

The full duration of the relocation is not yet known.

We are fully cooperating with the Ottawa Fire Services and Ontario Fire Marshall investigation, which will determine the cause of the fire.

In addition to our partners, we would like to thank the Ottawa Fire Service, Ottawa Paramedic Service, the Ottawa Police Service and OC Transpo, for their swift action as we support tenants through this situation.

About OCHC
OCHC maintains nearly 15,000 homes to approximately 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social and affordable housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019. www.och-lco.ca | Twitter | LinkedIN | Facebook

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Jennifer McIntosh
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613-914-9953
jennifer.mcintosh@och.ca
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