A fire that has broken out in a residential building in district Loretteville, Quebec city, has required the response of 50 firefighters and could be of criminal origin.
They are agents of the Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) who arrived first on the scene, around 3h42, in the night from Thursday to Friday. They have found that flames rose from the basement of a residential building of three floors and 24 units located at 44 rue Paquet.
Arrived shortly after, firefighters found that the fire spread from the basement up to the second floor and the flames could propagate in the structure, up to the roof. It is at this point that a third alarm was requested, requiring a fifty firefighters to tame the fire.
“The aggravation not likely was given to 4h37. Then, 4h55, the fire was under control,” says Bill Noonan, spokesman for the Department of fire protection of the City of Quebec (SPCIQ).
Impact of criminal probable
An investigation by the office of the Commissioner of fire has been initiated to know the source of the fire. Very few details are known so far on the circumstances of the event.
However, as the investigators had reasonable grounds to believe that a human action is voluntary, the case has been transferred to the SPVQ.
No one was injured during the fire, or among the tenants nor among fire fighters. One person was evaluated for smoke inhalation. The Red Cross has taken charge of the people who will be in need of a roof for a few days.