Montreal

2 dead in Montreal West Island fire

Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a large apartment building on St-Jean Boulevard in Pointe Claire, on Montreal's West Island.

About 100 homeless after St-Jean Boulevard fire

More than 100 firefighters were required to extinguish the St-Jean Boulevard apartment building fire, that killed two people. (Radio-Canada)

Two people are dead after a fire broke out in a large apartment building on St-Jean Boulevard in Pointe Claire, on Montreal's West Island.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Saturday morning at 504 St-Jean Boulevard, and spread to the roof.

Firefighters found two bodies in one of the apartments.

About 100 residents were forced out of their dwellings. Some took refuge on their balconies and were saved by firefighters.

Evacuees were initially taken to the Bob-Birnie Arena at 96 Douglas-Shand Avenue, where Red-Cross workers were on hand to assist.

No injuries were reported during the rescue operation.

Neighbours watch from across the street as the building burned down early Saturday morning, leaving about 100 people homeless. ((Radio-Canada))