A 70-year-old woman died Tuesday after a fire broke out in her apartment in a large seniors' residence in Quebec City.


Firefighters put out a fire in a fifth-floor apartment of this seniors' residence in Quebec City on Tuesday. ((CBC))

The fire was discovered shortly before 10 a.m. in a fifth-floor unit at Complexe Samuel-Holland, a large residential centre on Sainte-Foy Road at Ernest-Gagnon Avenue.

Firefighters evacuated the building as a precaution, and roads in the area were closed for much of the morning.

Police said a woman in her 70s was taken to hospital after inhaling smoke. She died in hospital.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, but early indications are that it may have started in a sofa in the woman's apartment.

"When firefighters arrived at the apartment, there was a lot of smoke and one lady who was sitting in a chair. They tried to rescue her. We are now doing an investigation," said Quebec City police spokesperson Catherine Viel.

None of the building's other residents were hurt.

The fire is the latest to take place at a Quebec seniors' home this winter.

In mid-January, four elderly people died in a fire at the Belles Générations residence in Saguenay, Que. Investigators believe that fire was caused by an electrical problem.