For the moment, the fire is not considered criminal. The investigation continues.
We were in attack mode, but our teams quickly detected signs. The floors were hot, they were warped, we could hear creaking. So quickly, about an hour or two into the fight, we took our teams out from the inside and fell into defensive mode. The teams were able to integrate adjoining buildings to stop the spread of the fire.
The burning building was destroyed to allow firefighters easier access to the hot spot and ensure that the The fire was completely extinguished.
Support from the Sherbrooke Police Department and the use of a drone equipped with a thermal camera also helped the firefighters during the operation.
In all, 20 people were relocated and were taken care of by the Red Cross for 72 hours. The City will extend it if necessary. We will not leave anyone on the street, said Martin Primeau.
The Liverpool restaurant-billiards and Café Bla-Bla, the neighbors of the building which burned, were damaged, but the firefighters managed to preserve the structure of the buildings.
There is a fair amount of water and smoke damage. A little by the flames, at roof level. All the same, we preserved the structure and that was the goal, added Martin Primeau.
The owners will now have to ensure of the solidity of the structures.