A major fire devastated Sunday the library of the small municipality of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, located in the Lanaudière region, and its 55 000 books.
“It’s a sad day for the Saint-Linois, Saint-Linoises,” said the mayor of the place, Patrick Massé.
A fire broke out in the roof of the building, converted into a library several years ago, around 13:30.
“It quickly ran all over the building,” said fire department chief Julien Albert.
The latter specifies that a criminal act was excluded to explain the source of the fire, but that an investigation would take place.
The magnitude of the fire also did not threaten adjacent buildings, such as City Hall.
Luckily, the library was closed, like every Sunday, and no injuries were reported besides some firefighters who suffered heat stroke while doing their job.
The Saint-Lin-Laurentides firefighters have also received the help of their colleagues from Sainte-Sophie, Saint-Calixte, Terrebonne and the MRC de Montcalm fire department to fight the flames.
But the 55,000 books and periodicals housed the place are definitely lost, confirmed the director of communications of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Elisa-Anne Sourdif, who could not quantify the losses for now.
“We have people leaning [on a solution],” she added, adding that it was too early to establish the next steps.
Some USB drives and computers that contained databases could be extracted from the fire before they were damaged.