Workers set off stubborn fire at damaged Gatineau high school

Construction work is being blamed for a fire Thursday morning at Gatineau’s École secondaire Mont-Bleu, already closed due to a fire that broke out during the September tornadoes.

Gatineau firefighters were called to the scene shortly before 10 a.m. to battle flames in a roof area at the rear of the building.

The fire was apparently set by workers uses welding torches.

Although the final report has not been completed, Firefighting operations were hampered by strong winds in the area. The blaze was declared under control by about noon.

There were no injuries.

School board officials were still awaiting final evaluations on the damages to the school from the original fire.

There were no dollar estimates for damages in Thursday’s fire.

In the meantime, Mont-Bleu’s 1,500 students have been attending the nearby De l’Ile high school while awaiting renovations at the federal government’s Centre Asticou, where they were to move Dec. 3 and expected to remain at least until next summer.

 

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