The residents of Bossuet St. in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve witnessed huge black clouds on Friday evening, as an enormous and brutal fire exhumed for hours at an oil delivery company the area.
The fire department quickly responded a general alarm sometime after 4 p.m., when the fumes began to emerge few meters up in the sky from the Bouthillier et Rioux Inc. oil-delivery company at 1955 Bossuet St. Unfortunately there were considerable oil reserves within the premises of the one-story industrial building at the time of fire, so the firefighters had to spray water and foam on the neighboring walk-ups, fearful that the flames may spread. The operational fire chief, Andre Paquet, explained that “due to the intensity it was remarkable that the fire didn’t spread.” Paquet boasted that the “direct attack” was ably tackled by 150 firefighters who responded to the call.
The Montreal’s fire department reported that the oil delivery vehicles were also within the building at the time of fire. Spokesperson of the fire department, Elise Breault, announced that “there are reservoirs and delivery trucks inside.” Some reports also confirmed numerous small explosions from the scene. The fire incident ultimately clicked a five-alarm conflagration, making hundreds of residents on neighboring streets to be evacuated. The electricity was powered off for at least two dozen city blocks at 4:17 p.m. and was later switched on in a phased manner overnight. The utility confirmed that 2,200 lost their power at the height of the interruption. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
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