Suspicious fire destroys SQ chief's chalet
Hotel is owned by five people with links to the provincial police
Chalet des Cinq, a 12-room hotel co-owned by the director general of Quebec's provincial police, Mario Laprise, was burnt to the ground in a suspicious fire early Saturday morning.
The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. local time at the hotel in Saint-Côme, about an hour-and-a-half north of Montreal.
Although no one was injured, the building is a total loss, according to police.
Because the incident involves members of the Sûreté du Québec, the case has been handed over to the Montreal police.
"According to the observations of first responders, the presence of certain elements might suggest that this is a suspicious fire or perhaps even criminal," said André Leclerc with the Montreal police.
The circumstances of the fire are still unknown, but police say the cause is suspicious and have cordoned off the area to investigate until at least the end of the day.
One of Laprise's four business partners, Bruno Beaulieu, is heading the investigation into alleged criminal misspending of former SQ director general, Richard Deschênes.