The fire affected the rear part of the TNM, where a second theater is currently being built.
A fire broke out Thursday morning near the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM), in downtown Montreal.
Embers due to welding work on the roof were possibly the source of the fire, according to firefighters.
The fire broke out around 7:30 a.m. in the rear part of the TNM, where expansion work is underway.
About 100 Montreal firefighters responded to a second alarm. By 8:30 a.m. the fire was under control.
Work carried out on the roof, around 7:20 a.m., with welding [and] embers falling inside, explains the section chief at the Fire Safety Department of Montreal, Patrick Fournel.
A hundred firefighters from Montreal fought the fire, which is now under control.
The general and artistic director of the TNM, Lorraine Pintal, said she was unable to say for the moment the extent of damage to the theater on Thursday morning, but that the new landing area, which was not yet complete, may have played a role in protecting the theater itself.
Mrs. Pintal specifies, however, that it is the amplifier room which is affected, and [that] it is this which accommodates all the electrical systems at the TNM.
Ms. Pintal hopes that the damage is not too great, but it will take at least two hours for the ventilation systems to remove the heavy smoke to allow teams to enter the building and see the extent of the damage.
The riddle: what damage will the smoke cause, both on stage and in the hall, and how can we fix it and make sure the show goes ahead tomorrow? wonders Lorraine Pintal.
There is no question for the moment of canceling or postponing shows, argues Ms. Pintal, but it is not excluded.
The premiere of the play The Seven Branches of the Ôta River by Robert Lepage is scheduled for Friday evening, and a decision to that effect should be made around noon, Thursday, said Mrs. Pintal. But there is no question of putting public safety at risk, she added.
The director of the show, Robert Lepage, says that he feared at the beginning of the day that the show would be canceled forever, and that among his team, we are all very nervous.
He declares that he will respect the judgment of Lorraine [Pintal], but we would like to be able to play tomorrow, hopes Robert Lepage. The fire does not seem to have touched the stage and backstage of the TNM, which makes Mr. Lepage think that the gods of the theater have been with us.
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A fire raged this morning at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde on Sainte-Catherine Street. The fire required a 2nd alert. We talk about it with Lorraine Pintal, general and artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.