Major fire in Laval sends thick plumes of smoke into the air

Firefighters in Laval were called out to a fire in an industrial park on Friday afternoon that some callers to CJAD 800 told us they could see from as far away as the South Shore.

It broke out just after noon Friday in a truck repair garage at 4000 Leman Blvd. in the St. Vincent de Paul district in Laval's east end, just across the river from Montreal North.

A fire department official says upon arriving, there were explosions inside the building. Eventually, the roof caved in, making it difficult for firefighters to deal with the fire burning underneath.

It's believed there are tires burning underneath the collapsed roof, which might explain the thick smoke coming from the building.

Two people, a mechanic and a truck owner, were inside the garage at the time. They suffered minor burns.

Firefighters have managed to keep the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings, but suggest it might not be until sometime Friday evening before the blaze is put out.