Quebec City armoury destroyed by fire - photos and video

DSCF0018_1.jpgQuebec City’s 124-year-old armoury was destroyed in a massive fire on Friday night. It is located off Grande-Allée, just outside the city’s fortified walls.

The building was undergoing renovations, which included sprinklers.
The fire is reported to have begun around 9:30 p.m. and to have engulfed the building quickly. There was also an explosion. 

Some 100 firefighters battled the blaze, but the suspended wooden ceiling made it impossible for them to get inside. The roof collapsed shortly after 10 p.m.


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The building, built in 1885, was home to Canada’s oldest French regiment, Quebec’s Les Voltigeurs, and contained a museum of the regiment’s history, uniforms, archives, and other objects. The armoury was also home to a cadet corps.  

Crowds gathered to witness the destruction. Others went to see the remains in the early morning.

This building, which resembled a castle, was to play a role in the 400th anniversary celebrations of the city of Quebec.

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeame, currently in France, told French media that he intends to contact the federal government and work to rebuild the armoury.

In front of the remains of the historic armoury stands a monument dedicated to two artillery men, Major Short and Staff Sergeant Wallick; they died in May, 1889, while fighting a fire in the St-Sauveur district.

Reading and seeing the news about the fire was a sad way to start a beautiful sunny spring morning.  I hope it will be a new dawn for a reconstruction of this landmark very soon.