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Raw video: Roof team uses ladder to bridge gap to adjacent building to make escape at duplex fire in Montreal.

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Video above from Pascal Marchand of a three-alarm fire in a duplex on Wednesday that took the life of a teenaged girl in a building at 15th Ave and Crémazie E in St-Michel in Montreal. (Video below from Vincent Ashby.)

Here’s an excerpt from the description:

After burning for over an hour firemen were told to evacuate the building. Some were trapped on the roof and had to escape to the next building with the help of a ladder.

CTV Montreal

“At one point, we had to retreat,” said Montreal Fire Department fire chief Martin Farmer.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters performed an exhaustive search of the home.

They discovered someone unconscious in a room on the first floor toward the back of the house. Firefighters believe the blaze broke out on the first floor.

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  • Dickey

    Looked like too many powerlines around for the ladder truck to be useful. No mention of the ground ladder on side D was blocked or not but I assume it was. What about the ladder on side C that was raised? Maybe no access?

    No matter what, glad the brothers got to home.

  • Ohio FF

    An hour into the fire seams to be a little late in the game to be on the roof. The front is all open and I do not see from this angle a lot of gain for the risk. The fire looks like it was out quickly once defence was started but we realy can not tell how long it took with time editting.

    I pray for the family of the young lady.

  • Anonymous

    5 guys looking to be creamated on a flat roo0f, not very smart.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t ususally make comments on these vidoes because it’s way to easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. HOWEVER…in this case I have to. FIRE the incident commander NOW! Terminate his or her employment before someone is killed. With all the information available to the fire service today, the training, the equipment, the lessons……. this I/C is cannot command another fire. Someone will be killed. Disgusting!

    • Brandon

      Wholeheartedly agree!

  • Steve

    I don’t ususally comment on videos because it’s way to easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, but in this case I feel I have to. Fire this incident commander now. Do not let him or her command another call. Terminate their employment. This department is incredibly lucky nobody was killed. I really like the “high five” before the two firefighters go into a fully involved fire, with no chance of saving the building. Sorry folks but this is disgusting!!

  • Marco

    Why are they trying to vent above a ripping fire when its self ventilated 4 feet away in the f’n window??? Stupid and pointless risk.

  • PG Insight

    A flat roof and from what I saw it vented just fine through large windows. What is up with the current trend of FFs wanting to cut holes in roofs of all types? This certainly did not require a vertical vent hole for sure (assuming that the reason they were up there with a chainsaw was to do just that)!

    • willowbay

      I agree. I couldn’t understand why they were up on the roof right above a roaring fire, and for so long.

  • http://msn retiredFFin SC

    A very different way they have up there. Yes agree there was allot of powerlines but do believe that the ladder pipe could of been used. If not master streams from the ground a 2 1/2 would work for shore.I do believe that they should of been putting allot more water on the fire, it is not like there was a man power shortage.

  • Fedup

    Ballsy truck work. Strong work Canada!

  • 8truck

    How about the guys playing patty cake at the 3:02 mark.

  • Cappy

    Risk benefit analysis at it’s worst.