2 dead after overnight fires in Montreal and Laval

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In Montreal, paramedics responded to a call at 6899 Papineau Avenue, near Bélanger Street, at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday.  (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada - image credit)
In Montreal, paramedics responded to a call at 6899 Papineau Avenue, near Bélanger Street, at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A woman in her forties was found dead in an apartment in Laval on Saturday night following a fire, while a man died in another fire in Montreal on Sunday morning.

A friend of the Laval victim contacted emergency services at around 8:25 p.m., according to Laval police (SPL). The friend smelled smoke and didn't get an answer when he visited the victim's home on 409 Copernic Avenue.

The building was evacuated and first responders found the lifeless woman, along with the tail end of a fire that didn't affect other units.

An investigation is underway, but everything suggests that it was an accident, Sgt. Robert Deblois of the SPL said.

Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada
Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada

The other tenants in the building were able to return to their homes shortly after the call.

In Montreal, firefighters and paramedics responded to a call about 6899 Papineau Avenue, near Bélanger Street, at around 5:20 a.m. Sunday.

Other tenants of the apartment building were evacuated, but they have since returned to their home.

Véronique Comtois, spokesperson for Montreal police, said the cause of the fire and the identity of the victim are not yet known.

Given the death, police will head to the site to investigate.

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