A mechanical shovel was completely destroyed Friday morning in a suspicious fire in a wooded area of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, in Montérégie, where a controversial real estate project is planned.
The fire was reported around 6:15 a.m. and the CAT device was a total loss, according to the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
The incident occurred on Boulevard Perrot, in the area of 64e Avenue.
“The investigation is underway and fire scene technicians were on site this morning with SQ investigators to establish the causes and circumstances of this fire considered suspicious,” said agent Valérie Beauchamp, Porte – speech of the SQ.
No injuries or arrests have been reported in this case.
In this sector of Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, tensions are high, with citizens opposing that a five-and-a-half hectare piece of land belonging to the former Liberal Minister Marc Lalonde, a close to former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, be converted into a housing complex comprising 17 houses.
People denounce in particular the felling of a dozen white oaks, an extremely rare species of tree.
Residents opposed to real estate development, who are organized in groups on Facebook, have also shared images of the intervention of firefighters and police.