At about 1:35 p.m. Ottawa firefighters responded to a burning structure 933 N. Poplar Street that appeared to be a garage or storage shed. No injuries were reported in the incident, Richard Oglesby, assistant chief of the Ottawa Fire Department, said at the scene.
The fire was extinguished about 30 minutes after it started, Oglesby said. The cause of the afternoon blaze still is under investigation, he said.
“We’re waiting for a utility crew to get here before we do much more in there,” Oglesby said indicating the shed that was mainly filled with tools. Oglesby said he did not think there was anything hazardous inside the shed at the time of the fire.
Oglesby said he was not able to make a damage cost estimate at the time of the fire, but said the building appeared to be a total loss.
Neighbors concerned about their own property came out of their houses to watch as crews worked to put the flames out. Even after the flames were extinguished thick, black smoke continued to rise into the air and was visible from several blocks away. The shed was not attached to the main house at the address although it was about 10 feet from it, and some grass between the two buildings did catch fire.
Traffic was diverted around the incident that closed the 900 block of North Poplar.