This is a bizarre shock of a coincidence, as I was conversing, just last night, just hours prior, with a family member who spent an entire career as a cameraman at the CTV, about the CTV-Ottawa, etc.
A bizarre coincidence, and unfortunate, too.
No one should want such a thing to happen to any newsroom, whether one is a big fan of it or not.
No one should wish damage upon any Free World (or liberty-promoting in the Non-Free-World) press outlet, whether one agrees with it or not.
After all, if anyone, whichever side one might be on, was responsible for this, then it would be considered an unacceptable, tyrannical attack on the freedom of the press. Such an attack would also be considered an act of terrorism as well as arson. I certainly hope no one deliberately did this and that it just happened, period.
"Damages looked bad but the building is still standing. Thank God."I'll be interested in learning how the fire happened, as are the commentors under the story.
A stretch of Merivale Road has been blocked in front of the building. There is no vehicle access to Merivale between Clyde and Baseline Roads.
The newsroom hosts several workstations for reporters, producers, editorial staff and video editors. It means several computers, televisions, phones and personal belongings would have been destroyed in the fire.
Among the devastating property losses are the local news archives of this city's history and the 37-year video history of anchor Max Keeping who is set to retire on April 1.
Luckily there were no casualties.