Fire in Ottawa's historic ByWard Market

Firefighters are dealing with a blaze on the roof of the Vittoria Trattoria restaurant in Ottawa's historic ByWard Market.

The fire at 35 William St. was reported just before 11:30 a.m. Friday, and has reached four alarms.

By 11:50 a.m., firefighters were being called off the roof and out of the building due to "rapidly deteriorating conditions," according to fire department photographer Scott Stilborn.

The flames were spreading through the roofs of attached buildings, which were evacuated.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Fire crews have been ordered off the roof and out of the building due to rapidly deteriorating conditions. (Scott Stilborn/Ottawa Fire Services)

By 1:50 p.m., firefighters were allowed back inside the affected buildings on William Street to check for "insidious fire spread" in the walls, according to Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal.

It's unclear how many buildings have been affected.

At the height of the fire, hoses on four ladders were spraying water from above, and more than 30 rigs had been dispatched.

Water from firefighting efforts pours out of Vittoria Trattoria restaurant and a neighbouring vape store on William Street. (Scott Stilborn/Ottawa Fire Services)

Heavy smoke conditions persisted for hours in the market, and motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area.

Due to shifting winds, Ottawa police were continually shifting the perimeter of closed roads.

No other details were immediately available.

Bystanders stop to take photos of a smoke-filled ByWard Market. (Amanda Pfeffer/CBC)
Thick smoke darkens streets throughout the market. (CBC News)
Firefighting efforts leave water-logged streets in the ByWard Market. (Olivia Chandler/CBC)


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