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Firefighters fight five alarm flames at the eastern end of Montreal

Approximately 150 firefighters responded to a stubborn fire burning all day in an isolated recycling center without any injuries.

Montreal firefighters walk to relieve their co-workers at the scene of five-alarm blaze at Koncas Recyclage recycling centre on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
Montreal firefighters rescue colleagues in five scenes Walk to 20-Sunday, June 26, 2022 Concus Recycle Recycle Center alarm flames.Photo: Pierre Obendrauf/Montreal Gazette

Five alerts at the easternmost industrial building in Montreal from Sunday morning Thefirecontinued to burn until night, and 150 firefighters from all over the island came to the scene.

The 911 phone reported a fire around 10:30 am and immediately progressed to five alarm flames, said Matthew Griffin, chief of prevention at the Montreal Fire Department. Said. That is the best category.

No injuries have been reported and the building is so isolated that there is no risk of the fire spreading to another building, he said.

A pile of garbage in a closed company when three workers were in an industrial building at 10930 Sherbrooke St. E. on Sunday morning and a fire broke out elsewhere inside. Cleaned and collected the item. Griffin said. They called it 911, but the fire quickly spread.

He said he didn't know exactly how the flames started or what was burning, adding that there were piles of debris in different parts of the vast building.

Within 30 minutes, the fire partially collapsed the roof and one outer wall, and Griffin explained that it was dangerous for firefighters to be inside the building.

"We are in defensive mode and are fighting fire from the outside," he said.

"This is a very stubborn fire, attacking the fire only from the outside because the building has partially collapsed. This clearly hinders efforts to reach the fire.

He explained that a large tractor was brought to the scene trying to remove part of the outer wall to allow firefighters to use a hose for the core of the fire inside.

"We are there until early morning," Griffin said.

There were 150 firefighters on the scene, but only about 50 were actually fighting the flames at one time, Griffin said. He said a garden hose was connected to help them cool down.

Urgences-santé is on-site and Environment Quebec and Environment Canada monitor air quality within 1 km of the fire. There is a lot of smoke associated with the flames and there are some residential areas towards the northeast, Griffin said.

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