Yesterday afternoon I went back to the scene of the fire (see previous post) that ravaged five of the buildings in the historic Market area of Ottawa. To my uneducated eye it looks as though restoration is very possible even though roofs have collapsed on some of the buildings. It is easy to see how the roof fire could spread as the buildings are very narrow. However it would seem that damage to the ground floors even in the worst hit, the Vittoria Trattoria, is much less as set tables are still visible through the windows.
Two fire trucks were left either at the scene or around the corner in case of a flareup. From the street I could see sky through the windows in three of the buildings.
Yesterday's emergency is definitely over but work goes on.
Note the tables still in place.
A roofer's dream? I suspect all five roofs will need replacing.
Life goes on in the Market. The pub guests on the balcony in the background have a grandstand view of the venue although there is no excitement now.