Montreal

Quebec apartment fire forces out 200

An overnight fire at a three-storey apartment building in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro on Montreal's West Island has forced about 200 people from their homes.

Fire started in kitchen of one unit, fire chief says

The fire at 12110 Pierrefonds Boulevard is believed to have started in a kitchen on the first floor before spreading to the second and third floors. ((Elias Abboud/ CBC))

An overnight fire at a three-storey apartment building in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro on Montreal's West Island has forced about 200 people from their homes.

The fire broke out about 9 p.m. ET at 12110 Pierrefonds Boulevard. It took 125 firefighters several hours to put out the flames.

Montreal fire Chief Luc Robillard said the fire started in one of the apartments at the back of the building.

"Investigation people tell me the fire began on the first floor of the kitchen in the apartment," he said.

"Maybe someone left something on the stove," said Robillard, who added the fire spread quickly to the second and third floors.
The front doors to the three-storey building have been padlocked and the power has been turned off. Many tenants have been relocated to a nearby hotel. ((Elias Abboud/ CBC))

"On the first floor, when the people knew they had smoke in their apartment, they [opened] the patio doors."

The fire then travelled up the outside of the building, jumping from balcony to balcony, he said.

The front doors have been padlocked, the power has been turned off and workers have barricaded a section of the building because of fears it could collapse.

It's not clear when or or how many tenants will be able to return to their apartments.

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