One dead in Southwest fire that destroyed city-run apartment building for seniors

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The fire started in an apartment complex in Côte-Saint-Paul that mainly houses elderly residents.  (Josh Grant/CBC - image credit)
The fire started in an apartment complex in Côte-Saint-Paul that mainly houses elderly residents. (Josh Grant/CBC - image credit)

One person has died in a major fire that tore through an low-rent apartment building for seniors in Côte-Saint-Paul on Sunday morning.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 9 a.m., and quickly called for reinforcements, including several ambulances. They used ladder trucks to reach several residents who trapped on upper floors of the building.

Patrick Fournel, a section chief with the Montreal fire department, said 10 people were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Another person was taken to hospital after having a heart attack.

It is not clear if the person who died is among those who were taken to hospital. Borough officials said nearly all the 102 units in the building — Habitations Angers on Galt Street — were damaged, either by flame, smoke or water.

The building mainly houses elderly residents with limited mobility. Southwest Mayor Benoit Dorais said the residents will be put in hotels while the city's housing office finds longer-tem accommodation.