Fires quickly extinguished in a downtown building and a south garage

One person suffered burns to the arms and face from a fire in the kitchen of a ninth-floor apartment.

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Ottawa firefighters put out two fires Saturday afternoon, including one that spread smoke inside a downtown building.

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A 911 call at 2:40 p.m. reporting thick black smoke coming from a ninth-floor unit sent firefighters to a building on Nepean Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets in the Centretown neighborhood.

The dense smoke made it difficult for firefighters to determine the location of the fire in the unit, according to the Ottawa Fire Service. They were able to put out the fire quickly once they found it in the kitchen.

Units on the floors immediately above and below the fire unit were vented due to spreading smoke, the fire service said in a news release, adding that one person had burns to arms and face. Ottawa paramedics said there was a minor injury.

Firefighters also extinguished a car fire inside the attached garage of a home just before 3:30 p.m. in a neighborhood near Bank Street and south of Hunt Club Road. The fire on Victoria Heights Crescent did not spread to the home and no injuries were reported, the Ottawa Fire Department said.

Jennifer C. Burleigh