Friday, November 27, 2009

Fire at the Old Forum (February 29, 2000)

This building on Mont Royal Avenue burned down during what must have been the course of a morning (from the wee hours, that is). These photos were taken around 8:00-8:30am, and the cold was evidently intense that day since spray from the firemen's hoses was frozen on the nearby trees.

I'm told that the building was of historical importance, I believe it was the Mount Royal Arena. It's now a supermarket. At the time this fire occurred, there had been a number of suspicious fires in the Plateau-Mont Royal district, and it was speculated that due to the rising value of land in the area, many property owners preferred to burn down their old apartment buildings and put up condominiums in their place.

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