PODCAST: A Hot Time at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec

PODCAST: A Hot Time at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec

A Hot Time at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec interview for Life in Québec first appeared as an article in the March 2015 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

By Jason Enlow

The Musée de la civilisation (Museum of Civilization) has been a landmark on Québec City’s waterfront since it first opened more than 25 years ago. It houses thousands of the province’s most treasured artifacts. But it came perilously close to going up in smoke on Sept. 14, 2014.

“It was around 12:45 p.m.,” recalls Kati Tari, the museum’s director of collections. “I was in a meeting at my office 10 minutes away when I received a phone call from a curator working at the museum telling me there was a fire — I left everything. As I approached the museum, I could see a line of smoke.”

It took 50 firefighters several hours to contain the four-alarm fire. It was 4:00 p.m. before Tari and a few high-ranking staff could return inside. They had to wear boots to wade through the 10cm of water that covered the floor.

“We went in to scout out the disaster,” says Tari. “When we saw the water, we worried that the artifacts had been damaged.” As it turns out, it could have been a lot worse, if not for quick-thinking staff and few diligent firefighters.

“We were pretty surprised to see that most of the objects were well-protected,” says Tari. “Some of the employees had gone to the basement to get plastic to start covering the objects before they were given the evacuation order. The firefighters then took over, and even though they had a fire to put out, they took the time to cover the rest. When they started hosing down the fire, the water just ran off the protective sheeting.”

Read the original article here – A Hot Time at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec  

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About Author

Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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