- A huge fire broke out in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood last night.
- Fireteams were on site until well past 1AM fighting the fire that is said to have started in someone's kitchen.
- No injuries have been reported but the damage is significant.
On Thursday morning, at around 12:30 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to a residential area of the Plateau to fight a huge blaze. The time, the affected building is a residential apartment building on the corner of Sherbrooke and Cartier, in the city's east end.
A second alarm rung just a few minutes later. As of 1:30 a.m., the fire was still blazing. It was finally put out by firefighters, though the exact time is unknown.
Dozens of firetrucks were on the scene while a significant number of firefighters moved in and out of the building, or patrolled the nearby streets.
A section of Cartier Street has been sectioned off for now. Residents from the affected building, as well as those living in nearby buildings have been temporarily evacuated from their buildings.
Sécurité Incendie Montréal (SIM) reported that a significant fire broke out on the corner of Sherbrooke and Cartier at around 12:30 a.m on Thursday morning.
Feu de bâtiment – CARTIER / SHERBROOKE E. - Première alarme - Coupure de courant possible - Merci d’éviter le sec… https://t.co/wz0ICo1ZUW— Sécurité incendieMTL (@Sécurité incendieMTL) 1566448466.0
Montreal firefighters extinguish an apartment fire overnight located on Cartier street near Sherbrooke in the borou… https://t.co/S1wwOoe3of— Cosmo Santamaria (@Cosmo Santamaria) 1566463390.0
At 1:30 a.m., Cartier street was a hub of activity: many curious people were watching firefighters at work, while others, whose homes were affected by the fires, watched on dejectedly.
According to eyewitnesses, a significant amount of smoke could be seen when firefighters first arrived. The smell of smoke still hung heavy in the air hours later.
An eyewitness alleged that the fire began in the basement of the residential building, though according to new reports the fire originated in the kitchen of a main-floor apartment.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though we will update this space when investigations have terminated.
There are no reports of injuries to anyone living in the building, however, the extensive damage likely means they will not be able to return to those apartments any time soon.