Firefighters battle Cartierville duplex fire

Firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm fire in Cartierville in Montreal's north end.

Firefighters say cluttered residence made their job more difficult

Firefighters battle the blaze on O'Brien Street in Cartierville. ((CBC))
Firefighters were called to the scene of a three-alarm fire in Cartierville in Montreal's north end on Wednesday.

The fire started in a duplex on O'Brien Street near Sacré-Coeur Hospital at about 10 a.m.

Fifteen fire trucks were sent to the scene, and police closed several blocks between Salaberry and Louisbourg Streets.

One person was forced out of a home, and no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters spent several hours battling the fire, and fire department officials said a huge of number of things found in the house hampered firefighters' efforts to contain the blaze.

"When the firemen arrived, there was smoke on the basement and the first floor, and when they tried to get into the building, there was a lot of things everywhere on the floor, and the firemen cannot go in the basement," said Montreal Fire Chief Luc Robillard.

Robillard said the fire has not spread to any other houses in the area.