Fire At Kruger Tuesday Morning

‘Spectacular’ smoke billows from Kruger blaze

 Fire took about an hour for firefighters to master
By KATHERINE WILTON, The Gazette February 14, 2012

MONTREAL – Thick smoke covered much of southwest Montreal mid-day Tuesday after a fire began about 10:20 a.m. behind the Kruger fibre-recycling plant, not far from Highway 20.

The blaze started in bales of crunched-up cardboard boxes stored outside the plant at 5845 Place Turcot, said operations chief André Paquette of the Montreal fire department.

About 100 bales of cardboard boxes – of a total of about 500 bales on site – were ignited.

“It is a spectacular because of the amount of smoke,” Paquette said.

It took 40 to 50 firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is not known, Paquette said.

Mop-up began about 1 p.m.

He estimated material damages at about $20,000, based on a value of $200 a bale.

kwilton@montrealgazette.com

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette
Took that shot in 2007 from the Place Turcot side. Was wet that day.
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