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Canada: Atwater Market reopened following Friday morning fire

A fire broke out Friday night at the Atwater Market, damaging several stores and part of the building. Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:30 a.m. When they arrived, arrived, smoke was filling the building and spewing outside. Martin Farmer, chief of operations for the Montreal fire department, said flames and smoke could be seen jutting from the side of the building.

No one was injured, but damages are estimated at around $50,000. Farmer said the building’s sprinkler system did its job, helping limit the spread of fire. But heavy smoke did make its way inside the market. Industrial fans are being used to aerate the building.

According to the firemen had to push some fridges on the ground and they were full of fruits. Tables full of vegetables and fruits were also knocked over, sending food everywhere.

“The fire was caused by a lightbulb that had exploded and the debris from the light had fallen onto combustible material,” explained Danny Ciavaglia of the Montreal Fire Department.

By noon on Friday, the market was back to business as usual, save for the stalls directly affected by the fire.

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