Théâtre du Nouveau Monde fire brought under control

A fire broke out at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal on Thursday morning.

Thierry Laforce / QMI Agency

According to initial information, the fire broke out around 7.30 a.m. in the extension part of the theater at the intersection of Sainte-Catherine Ouest and Saint-Urbain streets.

“The embers would have come in contact with insulating urethane and would have spread quickly,” said Patrick Fournel, department head of the Montreal Fire Department (SIM), in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

Thierry Laforce / QMI Agency

Fortunately, the flames did not spread to other parts of the building.

“We are waiting for the end of the operation to see the extent of the damage inside. [de la salle de spectacles]. Did the smoke get into the room? That has yet to be decided,” added Mr. Fournel.

The SIM had to trigger a second alarm, which meant around 90 firefighters were on hand to get the fire under control.

The fire was brought under control around 8:10 a.m.

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Mr Fournel said no one was injured and everyone could have evacuated the scene quickly. It was an accidental fire.

Fire in the TNM: postponement of three performances of the play by Robert Lepage

Guillaume Picard

The fire that broke out in a new section of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) on Thursday morning is forcing the postponement of three performances of the play The seven arms of the Ōta river by Robert Lepage, shifting the start of the season for this institution from Montreal.

The fire, which broke out at around 7:30 a.m. in the rear part, which is under construction, and forced the activation of a second alarm, forced the management of the Montreal Theater to suspend performances on August 19, 20 and 21. The new dates for the performances of this seven-hour show are not yet known and will be announced shortly.

Publicist Martine Laforce of agency Roy & Turner Communications told agency QMI that the smoke and water affecting the existing TNM building justified the postponement of the first three performances. In addition to cleaning, the building at the crossroads of Sainte-Catherine Ouest and Saint-Urbain streets, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, needs airing.

Affected was the transformer area, where the lighting and sound systems are located, TNM director Lorraine Pintal told TVA. Smoke also penetrated the entire building.

The other meetings, namely those of August 26, 27 and 28 and September 3 and 4, will in fact take place according to plan, according to the management of TNM and Robert Lepage’s company Ex Machina.

These are embers that, if in contact with the insulating urethane, would have caused the accidental fire.

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