Woman, 94, dies in fire at se­niors’ home in Mon­treal

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - TER­RE­BONNE, QUE. —

A neigh­bour who rushed to the scene of a deadly fire in a Mon­treal se­niors’ res­i­dence on Sun­day, said he could hear trapped res­i­dents call­ing out be­fore he turned the cor­ner and saw the build­ing in flames.

“There were po­lice of­fi­cers run­ning, fire­fight­ers, too, the house was in flames,” Ter­re­bonne res­i­dent Ni­co­las Mar­tel said from the Mon­treal sub­urb.

“There were two bal­conies and there was one per­son on each bal­cony who were trapped and who couldn’t get out through their door­ways be­cause of the fire.”

Mar­tel said the res­cue went quickly as po­lice and fire­fight­ers ran in and out of the Oa­sis se­niors’ res­i­dence, car­ry­ing some res­i­dents and us­ing lad­ders to reach those who were trapped on bal­conies.

A 94-year-old woman died af­ter be­ing taken to hos­pi­tal in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

Po­lice say the fire, which broke out around 1:30 a.m. at the fa­cil­ity north­east of Mon­treal, could be crim­i­nal in na­ture.

Que­bec’s min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for se­niors said the res­i­dence was in the process of in­stalling a sprin­kler sys­tem, but could not say whether it had been ac­ti­vated dur­ing the fire.

“We were a few days from do­ing the first wa­ter tests at the level of the res­i­dence,” Francine Charbonneau told The Cana­dian Press in a phone in­ter­view.

Forty-three peo­ple were res­cued from the home, and 12 were hos­pi­tal­ized for smoke in­hala­tion.

Two peo­ple re­mained in hos­pi­tal on Sun­day af­ter­noon with in­juries that were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

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