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Ontario family of 6 homeless after fire guts home they moved into hours earlier

Ottawa firefighters battle a kitchen blaze in Orleans Sunday morning, Dec. 30. A family of six is displaced — just hours after they moved in.

Credits: Marc Messier/QMI AGENCY

KELLY ROCHE AND DOUG HEMPSTEAD | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA -- An Orleans, ON family of six is homeless after fire tore through the home they had moved into just hours earlier.

The two adults and four teens moved into the rowhouse Saturday night, according Ottawa Fire spokesman Marc Messier.

"They just had brand new furniture delivered (Sunday) morning," he said. "Most of their belongings were already in the new place."

The fire was called in around noon Sunday and began in the kitchen area.

They hadn't been cooking, Messier said.

By the time crews arrived, flames were already ripping through the main floor and coming out the windows.

"The main floor is completely damaged," Messier said, adding fire had started spreading to the second floor.

"The place is gutted," he said.

There is also extensive smoke damage throughout the unit. The rental rowhouse is part of the Ideal Village Co-op.

The French-speaking family didn't want to be named.

One of the teens walked around in a T-shirt talking to firefighters as his mother quietly observed the devastation.

A concerned neighbour and longtime resident came out of her home, standing beside her.

"I've never seen a fire here," said the woman, a 15-year resident.

The family had a place to spend Sunday, but aren't sure what will happen Monday.

Damage is estimated around $300,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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