Fire at the TNM | “The theater will recover,” assures Plante

Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) « se relèvera » de l’incendie qui a endommagé certaines structures de l’établissement emblématique, a promis vendredi la mairesse de Montréal Valérie Plante.

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Henri Ouellette-Vézina

Henri Ouellette-Vézina
La Presse

« Nous sommes solidaires avec [la directrice générale du théâtre] Lorraine Pintal. The fire at the TNM damaged some structures, but the theater will recover. It’s an important cultural institution that we like very much. He will be able to continue his mission,” assured Plante, in a tweet posted earlier today.

Early Thursday morning, thick black smoke began billowing from the TNM building on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Urbain streets. The Montreal Fire Department (SIM) went there at 7 a.m. and caused shock waves in the city. Fortunately, the fire was brought under control quickly and everyone on site was evacuated.

The interior of the theater does not appear to be affected. The fire, which broke out at the rear of the building where finishing work is being carried out, was unable to spread to the rest of the building. This expansion work started in the summer of 2021 and is expected to be completed in November 2023.

A priori, the fire shouldn’t cause delays in the expansion, a huge project for which the city of Montreal has allocated a million dollars. The damage is paid for by the insurance of the project manager, the LEM site manager.

The worst hour of his life

In conversation with The press Director Lorraine Pintal confided on Thursday that she had experienced “the worst hour”. [sa] life” Thursday morning by going there. Since Thursday, cleaning teams “armed to the teeth” have been at work, costumes and wigs have been taken to the cleaners, and strategic areas have been dried.

” Everything under control. The big question is what condition our amplifiers and transformers are in. But even if it’s damaged, it’s not irreparable and can also be rented if necessary. I don’t think it’s the performances next week,” she said.

The theater nevertheless preferred to postpone the first three performances Seven arms of the Ōta river by Robert Lepage, namely those of this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The other five scheduled for August 26, 27 and 28 and September 3 and 4 are retained.

When the fire broke out, a team of welders were working on the second level of the jetty, also known as Lorraine Pintal. “Sparks fell in the area of ​​​​the amplifiers, which were protected by mineral wool. It was the mineral wool that caught fire and it was very fast,” she said.

With Josee Lapointe, The press

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