Almost 150 homes evacuated due to fire in DDO

Saturday evening, close to 150 firefighters were called to fight a fire that struck two buildings on Brunswick Blvd. just before 9 p.m. The fire travelled from the ground floor to the roof and went from a single-alarm fire to a five-alarm fire in about 30 minutes. According to Patrick Fournel — section chief of Service incendie de Montreal (SIM) — the fires led to the evacuation of 149 homes to ensure the safety of residents.

The firefighters did their best to extinguish the fire just before 10:30 pm. A dark cloud of smoke was visible in the surrounding area where the fire happened.

Four members of the Red Cross were present on the scene as well to help residents. About 20 buildings were damaged in the end.

To accommodate those without a home for the night, a bus came over to drive victims over to a temporary location. Over 70 residents are being accommodated in two local hotels.

Firefighters were still on Brunswick Boulevard Sunday morning. The Red Cross has helped 75 families by providing food, clothing, and temporary housing. One man was treated for smoke inhalation. No other serious injuries reported. Facebook and social media groups have formed to gather help and supplies for the victims.

The decision to contact the police to investigate was made after firefighters evaluated the great speed with which the blaze had spread, Fournel said. The arson squad arrived at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday and remained on the scene until about 1:30 p.m.

{span}The West Island community is rallying to help the residents of the apartment building. Anastasia Assimakopoulos and friends created the Facebook group Brunswick Fire Donations and Volunteers. She and friends have organized a clothing drive for the weekend of June 12th at the Hellenic Community of the West Island. A donation drop off point has also been set up at 33 Brunswick. Also, Pierrefonds-Dollard Conservative candidate Terry Roberts has set up a “trust fund to support the more than 100 victims, as well as working with local teams to find supply warehouse space for donations. So far, I have secured $10,000 through leaders of the local Hindu temple. I will be reaching out throughout the local community.”

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