NEW YORK (VINnews) — A fire which broke out on the second night of Chanukah in Montreal, Canada was discovered by passersby, who alerted the Chaveirim of Montreal. The Chaveirim succeeded in removing all the residents from the buildings and there were no injuries but the fire, which raged from 10:30 PM until 2 AM before it was extinguished, destroyed three Jewish houses. One fireman was transferred to hospital with light injuries.
Police and fire investigators are seeking the cause of the fire. At present it is assumed that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit.
Police praised the Chaveirim who remained on site the entire night and provided assistance to the firemen and to the families who were left homeless and lost all of their possessions in the conflagration.
In 2019 a fire caused by an unattended Menorah destroyed a house in Montreal but the current fire was apparently not associated with a Menorah.