[PHOTOS] Major fire in Charlesbourg: two residences completely razed by the flames

[PHOTOS] Major fire in Charlesbourg: two residences completely razed by the flames


A two-unit residential building was completely destroyed by a third-alarm fire that required about 50 firefighters in northern Charlesbourg very early Friday morning.

< p>It was one of the occupants of the place, awakened by his smoke alarm, who contacted the firefighters around 2:51 a.m., when flames were already escaping from his attic.

As soon as they arrived on site, the firefighters had to request a third alarm due to the significant risk of propagation.

About fifty firefighters therefore put their shoulder to the wheel to smother the fire, which was not only located in the attic, but also in the structure and the rear exterior wall.

“Several openings in the walls were necessary. There was a collapse of part of the roof, ”explains the spokesperson for the Fire Protection Service of the City of Quebec (SPCIQ), Alexandre Lajoie.

Healthy and safe

All the occupants of the two residences were able to evacuate the building before it was too late. No one was injured.

“The smoke alarm may have saved a life in this case,” says Mr. Lajoie.

However, they will not be able to return to their home because of the excessive damage to the structure of the building. They were attended to by the Red Cross.

A nearby building also suffered damage to its vinyl siding due to heat from the fire.

The fire department went to the scene to determine the origin and cause of the blaze. However, everything suggests that it was an accidental event, we are assured.

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