A series of deliberately-lit fires caused panic in the Canadian city of Montreal on Friday and Saturday (1 and 2 November) after the city's 2,400 firemen went on strike.
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SV PAN Fire in hotel (7 shots)
SV & CU EXTERIOR OF Hotel La Salle (2 shots)
SV Police and firemen break in door
SV Smoke rising from hotel (4 shots)
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Background: A series of deliberately-lit fires caused panic in the Canadian city of Montreal on Friday and Saturday (1 and 2 November) after the city's 2,400 firemen went on strike.
Montreal's fire protection was left in the hands of 55 fire chiefs and suburban fire departments, when the firemen stopped work on Thursday (30 October) in support of pay increases.
On Friday night (1 November) there was ten fires in Montreal, mostly in derelict buildings in the city's east end ... a densely populated ??? where the housing is generally sub-standard, hundred-year-old tenements.
There were no serious injuries, but dozen of families were forced to evsouate their homes.
Up to this point, the fires had two things in common... they were deliberately lit but were set in areas of low risk to human life.
But on Saturday, (2 November) that changed, when two separate fires were started in the De Salle Hotel. Police were able to evacuate the building before anyone was hurt.
The striking fireman are demanding $750 Canadian (GBP 315 Sterling) a-year cost of living increase. Negotiations have failed to produce agreement.