Overnight fire in St-Placide claims one victim
Provincial police called in to investigate suspected arson
One man is dead after a house in St-Placide, Que. caught fire and burned down.
Ten people were inside the two-unit house at the time the fire broke out, sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday. All but one — a man in this forties — managed to escape.
Today, the small community about 80 kilometres northwest of Montreal was reeling from the devastation.
Neighbours reported hearing an explosion around 1 a.m. Saturday.
"My wife woke me up to tell me the house at the top of the street was on fire," said Jacques Lussier.
A woman was heard screaming at her husband to not go back inside the house, neighbours said.
The search for the man's body ended successfully around 3 p.m., but the reason why he went back inside is still unknown. Some neighbours suggested he was looking for his dog.
The Sûreté du Québec is investigating for possible arson.