Welding work caused the fire in a housing tower in Sainte-Foy

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The Flo apartments were engulfed in flames.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Steve Breton

Published yesterday at 3:33 p.m. UTCUpdated yesterday at 5:01 p.m. UTC

Welding work was the cause of the fire in a housing tower located at the corner of Route de l’Église and Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois, according to the Fire Protection Service of the Quebec city. The fire was brought under control in less than an hour on Tuesday morning, thanks to the intervention of around 70 firefighters.

This is the Flo apartment building located at 2855, chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois. The complex is divided into two interconnected towers. With the first phase already inhabited, 85 units had to be evacuated shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning when the fire broke out.

Sparks from welding work on the exterior siding ignited debris on the ground. The wind quickly propelled the fire to the roof on the 14th floor, reports fire department spokesperson Alexandre Lajoie.

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Route de l’Église and Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois were closed to traffic.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Steve Breton

At the height of the fire, a column of black smoke emanated from the structure.

No injuries have been reported. Many tenants will not be able to return to their homes due to water damage.

The Fire Commissioner went to the site to understand the sequence of events.

Route de l’Église and Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois were closed to traffic during the firefighter intervention.

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