Major Fire in & # 39; & # 39 building, highrise apartments to the east & # 39; downtown Ottawa forced to live on their balconies to expect help and caused several people to be treated for smoke inhalation.
The crews & # 39; emergency were called to 251 Donald St., east of the Vanier Parkway, just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The firefighters had to call back twice and pull a few people & # 39; off their balconies using ladders.
Anne Gagnon, who lives on the third floor, said she returned to her unit after using both sought to escape stair, to find full & # 39; flames and people to escape back into the bed.
"I ran on my balcony, I did not & # 39; call 911 because the power was off and my phone was not working … I was listening to & # 39; to help, I did not & # 39; get, "she said.
"I waited on my balcony for the longest time … Smoke was pouring & # 39; in my unit through & # 39; vent."
Lilianne Kimbila, meanwhile, crowded on the eighth floor balcony with & # 39; about a dozen other to wait for help.
"I [had] followed people to the stairs. Nilqgħulna started but when we arrived at the sixth floor, could no longer & # 39; s going, smoke was everywhere. We are moving to the 18th floor, unable to go & # 39 ;, the smoke was everywhere. "
"[I thought], "Do not die in nixirqilhomx & # 39; this fire".
The paramedics of & # 39; Ottawa said that by 6:15 a.m. treated about 12 people for smoke inhalation and were taking five of them in the hospital.
Donald Street is closed between Vanier Parkway Street and Beaudry.
Ottawa Community Housing manages the house & # 39; 21 floors, to 200 units.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Residents who spoke with & # 39; CBC News said it appeared to have started on the second floor.