Woman dies after major apartment fire in Pointe-Gatineau

Outaouais paramedics told Radio-Canada they were called to a fire on rue Lafrenière around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. (David Bates/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Outaouais paramedics told Radio-Canada they were called to a fire on rue Lafrenière around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. (David Bates/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A 36-year-old woman has died after major fire in an apartment building north of the city's core, say police in Gatineau, Que.

In an update Wednesday afternoon, police said several dozen people escaped the building on rue Lafrenière, and buses were dispatched to help bring them to shelters to warm up.

Two people were taken to hospital, one of them who had burns and another who was unconscious. That unconscious person, a 36-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Outaouais paramedics told Radio-Canada they arrived at the apartment building around 10:50 a.m., Wednesday. Paramedics said they assessed three people at the scene.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and the apartment building is still cordoned off for the investigation.

The city fire department estimates about $488,000 in damages.

Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle said in a French tweet she was following the situation and her heart goes out to the victims.

Some Société de transport de l'Outaouais buses are detouring around the area north of the city's core.