Fire tears through popular restaurant in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

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WATCH ABOVE: The waterfront in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue will look a bit different from now on. On Tuesday morning, a well-known restaurant went up in flames. As Global’s Gloria Henriquez explains, the building is a total loss – Apr 16, 2019

A major blaze has gutted a commercial building in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, in Montreal’s West Island.

The three-alarm fire was at Marco’s Restaurant, located at 82 Sainte-Anne Street. The adjacent buildings were also evacuated.

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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Mayor Paola Hawa told Global News she spoke to the restaurant’s owner and says he is devastated. She notes there was a previous fire at the restaurant in 2009.

“He’s actually almost nauseous from this whole thing, just can’t believe this is happening again,” she said. “It’s a sad time for him.”

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Major blaze at Marco’s restaurant in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – Apr 16, 2019

About 90 firefighters from across Montreal assisted in extinguishing the blaze. Firefighters say the flames started on the first floor.

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“It was not easy to go on the second floor, all the doors were locked and closed with plywood,” said Eric Dehmen, the fire department’s chief of operations. “So we had a bad time and a hard time to get inside.”

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Officials say the fire does not appear to be criminally set. There were no reported injuries, but the building is a total loss.

As of Tuesday evening, the building is not at risk of collapsing.

Firefighters say they don’t yet know what caused the fire, but they will be investigating.

— With files from Global News’ Gloria Henriquez

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