[IN IMAGES] Seven families on the street after a fire in Montreal

[IN IMAGES] Seven families on the street after a fire in Montré al


Seven families had to be taken care of by the Red Cross on Sunday morning following a violent fire that heavily damaged a building in the Hochelaga district of Montreal.< /p>

The fire started around 9:46 a.m. behind a building housing a Jean Coutu pharmacy on the ground floor, with apartments on the second and third floors. The flames then spread to the roof of the building, summarized William Murray, head of the prevention section at the Montreal Fire Safety Service.

The Montreal Fire Department had to sound a fourth alarm to deploy enough personnel to fight the blaze. About 105 firefighters and 31 vehicles were on the scene, Murray said.

A firefighter suffered minor injuries battling the blaze and had to be transported to the University Hospital Center of Montreal.

No one was injured on the casualty side, but seven families ended up at the street and were to receive help from the Red Cross, underlined the section chief.

The fire caused a huge plume of smoke visible for miles around, arousing the curiosity of several Internet users.

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