Around thirty firefighters were mobilized around and inside the building, which includes a Voisin gas station and supermarket, the Tim Hortons restaurant and the Familiprix pharmacy. “We had to call for staff quickly as there was a lot of smoke when we arrived on site. “That really saved the building,” notes Mr. Primeau, noting that cold weather often makes these types of operations difficult.
The communities of Orford and Windsor have also been asked to increase water supplies. “This is an area where there is no drinking water supply or tap,” says Mr Primeau. A water basin was even installed to ensure an adequate water supply for the firefighters on site.
The flames and smoke as well as the numerous flashing lights attracted many curious people.
The cause must be determined
The fire was brought under control around 7 p.m. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are currently unknown. An investigator was dispatched to the scene to examine the scene.
Although the damage appears to be limited to the restaurant, customers at the three establishments may have to stay away for some time. “The power was interrupted due to load shedding,” explains Mr. Primeau. “I can’t say when it will be restored,” he says.
According to La Tribune, around 5 p.m., an employee heard a noise that resembled an explosion at the back of the store. She then reportedly saw flames and immediately called 911.
Traffic on Route 222 was slightly affected.