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Posted March 2, 2011 EST

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Second Major Montreal Fire Injures 11
A second major fire in Montreal in as many days injured at least 11 people early Wednesday, four of them critically, firefighters said. Fire department Operations Chief Luc Robillard told The (Montreal) Gazette the fire apparently began in the basement storage area of a three-story, 17 unit apartment in the city's Cote des Neige neighborhood around 1:45 a.m.

He said as many as 50 people were evacuated and 11 people required hospitalization for smoke inhalation. The four victims in critical condition were 7, 13, 20 and 30, but it wasn't immediately known if they were all from one family, the report said.

The fire was extinguished quickly but smoke damage was extensive, Robillard said.

The fire came a day after a condominium under construction in the Rosemont district began burning and flames spread to five other buildings. No injuries were reported but 75 people were forced from their homes.

That fire's origin is considered suspicious, investigators told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Written by United Press International

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