The fire chief in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., credits smoke detectors with saving the lives of residents of a condominium complex that went up in flames overnight.
The Vaudreuil-Dorion fire department was called to the eight-unit building on Jean-Claude Tremblay Street shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Chief Antonio Daoust said the flames spread extremely quickly.
He said the smoke detector system alerted residents who were able to escape before flames consumed the entire structure.
"It's is almost miracle that everyone got out of this catastrophe. They were woken up by the alarm system. It saved their lives," said Daoust.
No one was injured.
In all, the fire forced 26 people out of their homes in the condominium and a neighbouring residential building.
The local fire department along with firefighters from two neighbouring municipalities were able to extinguish the flames by the time the sun rose.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.