Burst pipe floods shoe store
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:33AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:56PM EST
A shoe store on the edge of two boroughs in Montreal was flooded Tuesday morning after a pipe burst.
While initially reported as a water main break, the fire department confirmed after 8 a.m. that a pipe inside the building leaked, possibly due to a malfunctioning sprinkler system.
The leak began around 5 a.m. inside Carrefour de la Chaussure, at 2501 Belanger St., and flooded the basement and main floor of the building. The adjoining building may also be damaged by water.
The brother of the building's owner estimates that $1,000,000 of lost merchandise in basement.
City workers were on the scene to cut off the water flow to the block and firefighters were using pumping trucks to remove water from the store's basement.
Hydro Quebec crews were also asked to cut off power to the building to prevent the risk of electrocution.
Belanger St. is the dividing line between Villeray-St. Michel-Park Extension and Rosemont-La Petite Patrie.
A firefighter keeps watch as water spills out of a shoe store. A pipe inside the building at 2501 Belanger St. in Montreal leaked, possibly because of a malfunctioning sprinkler system. (Dec. 11, 2012)