A fire in an apartment building in the Lachine borough in Montreal cost the lives of an 8-year-old girl and a 40-year-old woman.
Despite their resuscitation efforts, the two were declared dead on the scene by firefighters and paramedics, according to Matthew Griffith, head of the prevention section at the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM).
The flames broke out around 11 p.m. Friday in the 51-unit building located on Duff Court St., near the corner of Esther-Blondin St. The flames began in the apartment where the victims were located on the second floor. Three others in the same house were taken to the hospital, including a five-year-old girl who was still in critical condition on Saturday morning. Two boys, aged 13, also suffered injuries, but their lives are not in danger.
Seventy firefighters were called to the scene. The department’s Employee Assistance Program protocol was initiated to provide support to the responders, particularly for the first unit to arrive and encounter the young victims.
Because of the two fatalities, the investigation has been turned over to the arson unit of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).
The investigation continues and these streets were still blocked as of early Saturday: Duff Court St. between 14th and 24th Aves. and Esther-Blondin St. between Duffcourt and Provost Sts.