Skip to main content

Five-alarm fire breaks out in Verdun, forcing evacuations

Montreal firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire in Verdun on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (Ken Dow/CTV News) Montreal firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire in Verdun on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (Ken Dow/CTV News)
Share

Firefighters were called to the scene of a major fire in Verdun Thursday afternoon.

The fire started about 2:50 p.m. near the corner of Wellington and 1st Avenue, said Montreal Fire Prevention Division Chief Francis Fleury.

Three buildings that are attached were ablaze, he said, explaining that the fire started on a second-floor balcony in the rear.

The buildings house nine apartment units in total and all have been evacuated.

The day’s hot weather made fighting the fire even more difficult, he said, and is one reason it was declared a five-alarm fire. A five-alarm fire means there are 125 firefighters fighting the blaze, he said.

Three firefighters needed to stop because of the intense heat and one resident suffered smoke inhalation but nobody was transported to hospital as of 4:15 pm.

CTVNews.ca Top Stories

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS Joe Biden drops out of 2024 race, endorses Kamala Harris to be Democratic nominee

U.S. President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for re-election after a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about the incumbent's fitness for office with the election just four months away. It was a late-season campaign thunderstrike unlike any in American history.

Stay Connected