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Local mayor castigates Montreal’s civil security team for responding to a fire in Montreal East

As stubborn flames at a recycling plant kept firefighters busy for a third straight day, a local mayor lashed out at Montreal’s civil security officials, accusing them of keeping his administration in the dark.

A five-alarm fire broke out Sunday at the Sherbrooke Street plant in Montreal East, a municipality of about 4,300 people located between the Montreal boroughs of Anjou and Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux. – Aspens.

Although no one was injured, the fire destroyed the building and caused traffic jams in the area. At the height of the blaze, about 150 firefighters were on the scene.

A boil water advisory was in effect for parts of Montreal East, as well as the Pointe-aux-Trembles neighborhood and the off-island municipality of Charlemagne from June 27 until the early morning of June 29.

Anne St-Laurent, the mayor of Montreal East, said civil security officials in the Montreal agglomeration had not kept her informed of the fire. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

For three days, smoke rose in the sky above Montreal East. The mayoress says her administration was unable to reassure her residents about air and water quality because she received little or no information from the city’s civil security team. Montreal.

“The fire broke out at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning and we only finally heard from civil security yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m.,” said Anne St-Laurent, mayor of Montreal. -East.

St-Laurent said she called to complain and discovered a conference call had been scheduled earlier on Monday afternoon. But no one told him – even though the fire was on his territory.

“They invited the wrong city. Our city wasn’t on the phone during the conference call, so we didn’t know what was going on,” St-Laurent said.

St-Laurent said civil security officials told him that not inviting them to the conference call was a “mistake”.

At that time, St-Laurent’s phone rang nonstop, with residents demanding answers, she said.

The mayor even said some residents knew about the boil water advisory before her.

“When you have to deal with this kind of situation, you have to take care of a mistake because a mistake has an impact on many citizens,” the mayor said.

“We haven’t heard from anyone. Maybe the fire [department] knows, maybe someone else knows, but the mayor who received all the questions from the citizens, I was not informed of anything. So it was bad for me. It was bad for my fellow citizens because I was stressed, and I probably transferred that stress to my fellow citizens.”

People walk near the scene of a fire.
Sunday, after the start of the fire, a large sheet of smoke invaded the sky of Montreal East and the Pointe-Aux-Trembles district. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio Canada)

No communication breakdown, says the city of Montreal

CBC News contacted the city of Montreal and asked about allegations that the civil security service did not keep the municipality of Montreal East informed of the fire.

As for the City, its fire department and its civil security service kept Montréal-Est and the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles informed of the evolution of the fire during that he was active.

“The chain of command and communication was respected and the mayor was made aware of the fire shortly after the first firefighters responded to the scene on Sunday morning,” said a city statement.