Firefighters battle the cold and 3 fires on Sunday morning

Montreal firefighters were kept very busy sunday morning battling three fires in the city, while struggling to keep their equipment functional in the bitter cold. 

The first blaze broke out in a duplex on DeLorimier Avenue, near Jean-Talon, around 1:30am. It was apparently started by a fallen candle that landed on a mattress. The building was seriously damaged, but there was only one minor injury.

Then at 2:00am, a 911 call was received about a kitchen fire in Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, on Addington Road. By the time the sun was up fire crews had been called to a two-alarm blaze in NDG at Place Borden and Bessborough Avenue. 

Complicating the efforts to extinguish these fires was the city's current cold snap. 

"And we got problems with equipment too," said Fire Chief Benoit Marte. "All the pipes, equipment...everything's frozen." 

Several people had to be evacuated, but there were no casualties or serious injuries.