About fifty firefighters responded to a major fire that broke out on Saturday in a residential building in Charlesburg at around 6 p.m.

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Several emergency calls were made by residents who evacuated the 12-unit building located at 52.e East Street after noticing smoke coming from the basement.

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

Upon their arrival, the firefighters of the Quebec Fire Brigade (SPCIQ) noticed a fire in the storage room. Then the fire spread to the upper part of Malamalavena.

“We are talking about significant damage to housing. […] The fire broke out on the ground floor, ”explained SPCIQ spokesperson Bill Noonan.

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

At 7.20 p.m., the Prime Minister declared that there was no probability.

Ventilation was then carried out to evacuate the fumes.

Although the building was separated by a fire wall in the middle, all of the residents, 36, were taken away by the Red Cross one night. Before renovating the missing houses, the main entrance must be repaired by a primary electrician.

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

[PHOTOS]                Charlesburg: Large fire in the building

Photo by QMI agency, Eric Bellefler

Buses were called from the Réseau de transport de la Capitale to welcome the evacuees.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

The firefighters are investigating to find the cause and the circumstances of the fire which required a third alarm.

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