Fire in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market now 4 alarms

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Fire in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market now 4 alarms

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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.

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

There have been no reports of injuries.

By 1:50 p.m., firefighters were allowed to head back inside the affected buildings on William Street.

It’s unclear how many buildings have been affected.

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

Motorists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the market area.

York Street is closed to all traffic between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street, and George Street is closed to all traffic between Sussex and Dalhousie.

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)

This story originally appeared on CBC

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