Drummondville, Que., fire: 2 of 3 victims identified
Fatal fire broke out around midnight in 3-storey apartment building on Des Merisiers Avenue
The identities of two of the three people killed in an apartment-building fire in Drummondville, Que., have been made public.
Marcel Roy, 66, and 46-year-old Stéphane Vincent, both residents of the building, died in Thursday's fire.
One woman who lives in the building, Nicole Allard, said she knew both the victims. Although police have not yet confirmed the identity of the third victim, Allard said she thinks she knows who it may be.
On Thursday, Allard found her companion's car parked outside the building, but she said there was no sign of him – and she feared the worst.
Eight others were injured in the overnight fire, which tore through a 36-unit apartment building on Des Merisiers Avenue, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal. The building is a total loss, leaving all of its residents homeless.
The building did not have doors in the door frames next to the stairs, allowing the fire and smoke to spread quickly.
Residents said the building was equipped with fire alarms, but it is not yet known whether there were sprinklers.
Burned 'like a house of cards'
"It burned like a house of cards," Sawyer said.
"I heard people screaming on the balconies. It was apocalyptic."
Sawyer said many of the units in the building are one-bedroom, occupied by single people, many with no insurance and on social assistance.
Investigators are studying a number of hypotheses, including the possibility that the flames originated with a cooking fire.
The City of Drummondville is taking donations for the victims, while Ressourcerie Transition and Vestiaire La Penderie are taking donations of furniture and clothing, respectively.
The Red Cross, which has provided temporary housing and food to the victims, is also accepting donations to its general fund.