5-alarm fire seriously damages Dorval’s Académie Sainte-Anne

Dorval’s Academie Sainte-Anne goes up in flames
A five-alarm fire tore through Academie Sainte-Anne in Dorval on Sunday night. Global's Brayden Jagger Haines reports.

West Island private school Académie Sainte-Anne was engulfed in flames Sunday night.

The Montreal Fire Department said the blaze first began at around 9:30 p.m. in the building located on Bouchard Boulevard in Dorval, Que.

The five-alarm fire required the assistance of over 100 firefighters to get it under control.

It is estimated that the school sustained millions in damage from the fire. Académie Sainte-Anne officials say the cafeteria, the administration offices and some classrooms were the worst hit by the fire.

Sainte-Anne first opened in 2015 on the site of the former Queen of Angels Academy, which was in service from 1959 to 2014. The private school has more than 400 students.

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Like all other schools in Quebec, it had been closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veronique Lemieux-Boyer, principal at Sainte-Anne, said officials are looking at different solutions once schools are allowed to reopen.

“It’s always a question of solutions, and we will rent mobile classrooms, and it will be different but it will be different for everyone because of COVID-19,” she said.

No injuries were reported, and it is not yet clear exactly how the fire first started.

Fire tears through Academie Sainte-Anne in Dorval
Fire tears through Academie Sainte-Anne in Dorval

— With files from Global News’ Brayden Jagger Haines and Canadian Press’s French-language service