Friday, April 10, 2009

40 Families In Limbo After Condo Blaze

Firefighters battle a four alarm blaze at a new condo development near de Grosbois St. in East End Montreal Friday, April 10, 2009. The blaze burned 120 controversial condominium units in six buildings shortly before 5:40 a.m. Photograph by: Tyrel Featherstone, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

Buildings part of controversial land deal with city housing agency.

Arson may have caused a major fire in Montreal’s east-end Friday that destroyed 96 condo apartments in six uninhabited buildings under construction, a project known as Faubourg Contrecoeur, located next to the old Lafarge quarry.

The early morning blaze was on land sold in 2007 by the city's housing agency to a private land developer, for a price eight times lower that its estimated value.

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