Tags: quebec | senior | home | fire

Quebec Senior Home Fire: At Least 3 Dead, 30 Others Missing

Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 03:40 PM

By David Ogul

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A fire at a Quebec senior home Thursday left at least three people dead and 30 others missing.

The Globe and Mail said the fire broke out in bitterly cold temperatures at the 53-unit Residence du Havre, about 150 miles down river from Quebec City.

Authorities have little hope of finding any survivors.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The Associated Press said the Residence du Havre opened in 1997 and most residents were older than 75, with 37 of them older than 85.

Nearly everyone was trapped once the fire began, as most required wheelchairs or walkers or suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, the Globe and Mail quoted Mayor Ginette Caron as telling reporters.

“The rest were were semi-autonomous, practically no longer autonomous,” Carron said. “Wheelchairs, walkers, people who can’t move around. People with Alzheimer’s, the last stages of life.”

Mario Michaud lives across the street from the home. He told the Globe and Mail that one of his neighbors brought a ladder to the building to rescue his mother from a second-floor balcony, but was driven back by flames and intense heat. “He couldn’t reach her,” Michaud said. “She burned on the balcony. Her boy, he broke down. It wasn’t pretty.”

Media reports say automatic sprinklers were installed in only in a new wing of Residence du Havre built in 2002. The new wing also had a firewall that was able to contain the flames and allow firefighters to save some residents.

“I want to extend my condolences to all the families affected by this terrible fire,” said Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, who was in Davos, Switzerland, attending the World Economic Summit. “I have been in touch with my office and we are doing everything we can to support the community and families.”

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

This is the second tragedy to strike Quebec in the past six months. Forty-seven people were killed last summer in Lac-Megantic when a train with 72 oil tankers exploded after derailing.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved