Fire in Sainte-Thérèse Leaves Five People Hospitalized

Fire in Sainte-Thérèse Leaves Five People Hospitalized

According to police, doctors fear for the lives of three of the five victims of a violent fire which broke out this morning in Sainte-Thérèse, in the northern suburbs of Montreal.

All of the victims come from the same family.  The parents and three children were found “unconscious in one of the apartments” of a quadruplex that was on fire when the firefighters arrived.

The father and two of the children are in serious condition at the university hospital Centre Sainte-Justine and at the Centre for severe burns at the Hôtel-Dieu in Montreal.

The three children are under the age of ten.

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 7:21am.  An investigation was launched by police and the firefighters of Sainte-Thérèse a little after 9:00am.  Three police officers were also affected by the smoke while fighting the fire, which was brought under control at around 8:10am. 

Awoken by sirens

Lise McDuff, who lives close to the burned building, said that she could hear the arrival of emergency services.

“That’s what woke me up this morning,” she said. “The firefighters, the police and the ambulances.”

The quiet neighborhood consists of mostly single-family residences.  The quadruplex didn’t have a bad reputation.

“I see the kids almost every day.  But, I don’t know them really,” said Mrs. McDuff.

The family’s identity has not been released.
………………………………………………………………… Staff Writer

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