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Donald Street Fire: Some tenants return home

Three people, including two children, remain in critical condition after a devastating apartment fire in the Overbrook neighborhood.

It happened at a high-rise building at 1244 Donald Street Thursday morning.

Residents remain in shock after hundreds of people were temporarily displaced by the fire. It is unclear how many are still unable to return home.

For Emily Loo, it’s a tragedy that’s hard to talk about. She was able to return to her unit with her wife and her cats after being temporarily displaced.

“There was a lot of chaos. My best friend and I were trying to get everyone and our fur babies out, we had tried to go down a ladder and there was a lot of smoke,” Loo said.

It’s a similar situation for the hundreds who live in the area.

Police cordoned off sections of the property where the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and Ottawa police are gathering evidence for the arson investigation.

“We are processing the scene to obviously determine the cause and origin of the fire and gathering any information that may lead us to establish the cause,” said Stephan Dubuc, an investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office.

“We hope that those three people who are in the hospital recover very soon. We hope for a speedy recovery for them and we pray for them,” said Kamal Hossain, who lives in the building.

A sign posted outside the door indicates that the elevator remains out of service.