Residents of Montreal are evidence of a great outpouring of generosity to help one in twenty households on the street since a fire ravaged two apartment buildings.
“We lost everything. We walk from one house to another friend’s house, testified Wednesday Chanel Dubuc, 30 years old, a mother of two children who was without insurance when she was evacuated from her home, Saturday. It’s been really good [gifts]. “
On this day, around 12: 30 a.m., a fire spread at lightning speed in two buildings in the street Eugènie-Tessier, in the borough of Pointe-aux-Trembles.
The firemen of the barracks, 32 rescued a cat from the blaze, which they had to administer oxygen.
In a few hours, 12 apartments have been reduced to ashes.
The other twelve, of the total losses, will also be demolished.
Fortunately, the flames have not made any human victim.
However, not less than 24 households have found themselves in the street. Several tenants have children, and some had no insurance, according to one of the two owners, Cynthia Paossi.
Since then, companies and neighbors of the area have mobilized to help all these people, in housing them and providing them with clothing, goods, and transportation services.
Furniture and clothing
Donations of furniture and clothing will be available for them Saturday at the warehouse Dépotium, located near the wreckage.
“I decided to organise this gathering with the support of the office of the mayor. There will be a catering service and all the security measures for the virus, ” explained Jacques Jr, Chatelier, owner of the convenience store and creamery in the End-of-Island.
“These are our neighbors, so we wanted to give them a helping hand. Everyone is entraidé, it’s incredible, ” stressed Josiane Laplante, who joined the self-help movement which quickly spread on social networks.
The disaster Taïza Lecompte, who must give birth in a few days, says he is touched by the generosity of people.
A ball of emotion rises to the throat of the mom-to-be 26-year-old when she looks back at the corner of his small, she had just finished decorating.
“We were ready. When I think of it, it is really not easy, ” she confided, in a half-word.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, according to chief Yvan Fréchette.