Fire in downtown Sherbrooke: the flames under control

Fire in downtown Sherbrooke: the flames under control

A major fire, at the corner of Dufferin and Frontenac streets in downtown Sherbrooke, was brought under control Sunday afternoon.

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Mélanie Noël La Tribune A major fire, at the corner of Dufferin and Frontenac streets in downtown Sherbrooke, was brought under control on Sunday afternoon.

The Sherbrooke fire protection service quickly went to the scene to extinguish the fire around 4:20 p.m. According to firefighters, the flames were concentrated on the roof of the building housing businesses and housing. The apartments were under renovation.

About fifteen tenants from neighboring buildings were evacuated. “They can go back to their buildings. They were not affected by the fire, ”said the chief of operations of the Sherbrooke fire protection service, Simon Brière.

An inspector was dispatched to the scene to establish the circumstances of this fire.

1/5Fire in downtown Sherbrooke: the flames under control

A major fire, at the corner of Dufferin and Frontenac streets in downtown Sherbrooke, was brought under control Sunday afternoon. La Tribune, Maxime Picard

Witnesses in shock

Frédéric Rousseau was at Bistro Kàapeh Espresso when the fire broke out. “I had my headphones on and I saw people coming out. There was no alarm. We unplugged our computers and ran out to see the big cloud, then the flames above our heads. It smelled like something had burned in the oven. We couldn't imagine that there was a fire above our heads. Help arrived very quickly, they evacuated people quickly, ”he says.

The co-owner of Bistro Kàapeh Espresso, Marie-Josée Fréchette, says she is in shock. However, she sees the future positively.

“One of our employees called us to tell us that the roof was on fire. Firefighters extinguished the flames quickly. We remain positive. We will find out the extent of the damage. The water is probably going to have caused the damage, ”she explains.

When the fire started, the flames could be seen in the distance. “I was walking on Grandes-Fourches and saw the big flames. I saw the black smoke coming out of the city center. It's a shame ”, underlines Guillermo Quezada

The Bicentennial mural, produced in 2002, was on the building. Serge Malenfant, the man who was at the head of the MURIRS organization, quickly headed for the city center after learning that the flames were ravaging the building. “The mural has a certain value for me, but the building has more heritage value for Sherbrooke, it is one of the oldest buildings. It is irreplaceable as a structure. “

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