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Violent fire in Saint-Eustache

Four houses were completely razed by flames and other nearby homes were damaged by a heavy fire on Sunday afternoon in Saint-Eustache.

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Fire in Saint-Eustache
Fire in Saint-Eustache

The blaze broke out on René-Lévesque Street, in a residential area in the city of the Laurentians. The first calls to emergencies were lodged around 15h.

When they arrived on the scene, firefighters found that the house from which the fire had started was “100% involved,” said Saint-Eustache fire department chief Steve Gatien.

Nobody was hurt, but the flames caused very heavy damage, completely destroying four houses. The intense heat of braising melted the exterior cladding of four neighboring residences.

“The houses on this street are all stuck to each other, it did not help the level of spread,” raised Steve Gatien.

At least two other homes on the other side of the road have been damaged by embers in their facades and garden features.

About fifty firefighters from the Saint-Eustache Fire Department, as well as four neighboring municipalities, have been deployed to control the flames.

Fire safety officers are still on site to try to reconstruct the events that caused this major fire. No track was still preferred at the time of writing these lines, Sunday evening.

The area surrounding the ravaged homes was evacuated as a precautionary measure during and after the fire. The victims whose homes are total losses were supported by the Red Cross.

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