A classroom building at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s east-end outdoor education centre burned down on Friday afternoon.
Ottawa firefighters responded to the MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre on Highway 174 in Cumberland at 3:44 p.m. after a staff member called 911. Flames had travelled up the walls and through the roof of the building.
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There were no people in the building.
Firefighters arrived at 3:56 p.m. and entered the building to control the flames, using tanker vehicles to shuttle water from a nearby fill site and pumping it up a long laneway to the building. An all-terrain vehicle shuttled firefighters and equipment to the scene.
However, the fire spread to the attic. Firefighters evacuated the building at 4:40 p.m. after the roof started to collapse. There were no injuries.
As of 6:30 p.m, firefighters were still working to douse the blaze from outside the building.
The MacSkimming Outdoor Centre is a 171-hectare outdoor learning centre established in 1967 and used by school classes, overnight and weekend groups.
There are a number of buildings on the grounds. The building that burned in the fire has been used as a classroom.
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