Man hospitalized after fire breaks out in Montreal's east end
The fire department says the smoke detector did not work
A man is in critical condition after a fire broke out in a six-unit apartment building in Montreal's east end Monday morning.
At first, Patrick Fournel, chief of operations with the Montreal fire department, said the man had died in hospital.
He later said there had been a "communication error" and man had been resuscitated. The victim, believed to be in his 20s, is being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.
"We got there, he was lying on the floor. There was a lot of smoke," Fournel said.
Firefighters say the smoke detector in the victim's unit did not work.
The fire broke out at a building on Plessis Street near La Fontaine Street at around 5:10 a.m. Three hours later, firefighters had contained the fire, but there was major damage to the building.
The fire started in the kitchen or patio area, quickly spreading to the roof. Video captured at the scene shows a wall of fire.
It was made worse by an exploding propane tank, firefighters say, but was under control within a few hours.
Six apartments were evacuated, displacing about 10 people. The cause is still not known.
The department tweeted that the fire is a three alarm and it may cut electricity to the area.
RT:SMCharronRC: DERNIÈRE HEURE Montréal : Incendie rue Plessis, entre Logan et La Fontaine. (Images: Martin Girard). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rcmtl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#rcmtl</a> <a href="https://t.co/rkqXYBK2O6">pic.twitter.com/rkqXYBK2O6</a>—@MWagnerRC
Montreal police are asking people to avoid the area around the intersection of de Maisonneuve Boulevard East and Panet Street due to the fire.
Police are directing traffic in the neighbourhood, said Const. Julien Lévesque.
With files from Kate McKenna