Montreal firefighters were forced to urgently evacuate tenants from a 30-unit block due to the risk of electrocution and collapse in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.
At around 1 p.m., the Montreal Fire Department (SIM) was called to the building at the intersection of rue Saint-Hubert and avenue Roy for water flowing around it.
“There are sons [électriques] It hit the water and because of the fire hazard we had to cut off the electricity and the building became uninhabitable,” explained Marie-Eve Beausoleil, head of the SIM department.
Firefighters on the spot also found that the building was in danger of collapsing.
Not for the first time
This is not the first time SIM has intervened at this location for water backflow. Inspectors have been there “three times in the last few months”, Mme beautiful sun
According to SIM, about 50% of the building’s 30 apartments are residential, including commercial premises on the ground floor.
The Red Cross reached the scene to provide shelter and food aid to the victims for 72 hours.
“At the moment, nine families representing eleven people have been taken care of,” Red Cross spokesman Jean-Sebastien Parizeau said.
Borough inspectors will go tomorrow to assess the building. Since he doesn’t know the cause of the problem, Sim doesn’t know when the tenants will be able to restore him.
The cabinet of elected officials from Plateau-Mont-Royal could not answer questions Log On Tuesday evening, it was clarified that the details will be announced tomorrow.
Avoidable, according to the tenant
At the passage of LogA red SIM bus was deployed and some victims took shelter there when the temperature was expected to be -5 degrees Celsius.
Danielle Paquette, one of the affected tenants, is very close to the latter.
“Let’s just say I’m not in a good mood,” he said Log The 68-year-old retiree puffs on his cigarette and says the move is “preventable”.
According to him, firefighters have been showing up “at least twice a week” since moving into the building a year-and-a-half ago due to water pooling around the building.
He felt “disturbed” knowing that his security had been compromised. “I’ve been asking myself questions for a long time.”
“The city will do nothing, investigate Mr. Paquette. There was an argument between the two owners. The couple [de propriétaires] And the city tosses the ball to each other.
The building’s owners, Driss Ennaboui and Véronique Cools, could not be reached Tuesday evening. They also owned hotels, notably in Montreal and Lac-Brom.
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