Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apartment Building Fire near Montreal Leaves Dozens Homeless

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Apartment Building Fire near Montreal Leaves Dozens Homeless

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Dozens homeless after Quebec apartment fire

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LONGUEUIL, Que. - An intense apartment fire near Montreal has left as many as 60 people homeless.

Investigators believe Monday night's fire started in a top-floor unit and was sparked by hot cooking oil left on a stove.

The blaze spread quickly through the four-storey structure, heavily damaging the two dozen units inside the building in Longueuil's Saint-Hubert sector.

No residents were injured, but Longueuil police spokeswoman Melanie Mercille said three firefighters and a police officer suffered minor injuries and were later discharged from hospital.

Local firefighters, who fought the blaze in a wind chill in -25 C temperatures, were helped by colleagues from Montreal and other nearby communities.

Some of the roughly 60 residents left homeless found shelter with family and friends while others were being assisted by the Canadian Red Cross. …

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