Mutual Aid Saves Sorel, Quebec

Issue 3 and Volume 110.

Mutual Aid Saves Sorel, Quebec SOREL, QUEBEC, an industrial city of about 20,000 located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River about 40 miles from Montreal and reportedly supporting an integrated fire and police force, suffered a devastating blaze on January 29, which caused damage of $500,000 and threatened to wipe out the business district. The fire, reportedly caused by faulty wiring which triggered an explosion in the furnace room of the 100-year-old, 40-room Chateauguay Hotel on August Street, destroyed that structure and a print shop, where the weekly newspaper “Le Sorelois” was published; a tavern; a jewelry store and a lingerie shop. All of the hotel’s 15 guests and seven employees escaped the blaze in their night clothes although 10 persons were at first said to have perished in the fire. The weather was near-zero and a strong breeze was blowing. The fire was discovered at 4:30…

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