Fire in 200 Housing Unit Building in Québec

Fire in 200 Housing Unit Building in Québec

Quebec City (Quebec) 5 April 2015 – A fire in the garbage chute of an apartment building forced the evacuation of dozens of tenants in the night from Friday to Saturday in Québec City.

Thirty firefighters were called to the scene of the fire that broke out at about 23:30pm Friday in a twelve story building of the municipal d’habitation de Québec office on the Bourlamaque Avenue. The fire was put out 40 minutes later.

Firefighters had to evacuate the top three floors of the building, which has about 200 homes, due to smoke from the fire. “It seems to be a fire that would have originated in the garbage chute,” said the spokesperson of the Québec Fire Protection Service, Annie Marmen.

The fire caused no injuries. Some residents had to receive care from paramedics at the scene due to the “shortness of breath” caused by the evacuation of their homes, said Annie Marmen. Many disabled people live in the building.

Most tenants had been able to return their homes early Saturday after firefighters ventilated smoky floors. They were all able to do so in the following hours.

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Tags: Bourlamaque, fire

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