Montreal

Woman dies in major house fire in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

It started at around 4:20 a.m., Monday, in a one-storey residence, firefighters say.

It started at around 4:20 a.m., Monday, in a one-storey residence, firefighters say

About 30 firefighters were on the scene of the four-alarm fire Monday morning, including crews from the neighbouring municipality of Saint-Alexandre who came to help. (Valeria Cori-Manocchio/CBC)

The body of a woman in her 30s has been found in the rubble of a home that caught fire in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, early Monday.

It started at around 4:20 a.m. in the one-storey residence on Des Patriotes Road, firefighters say.

Once the fire was under control around 8 a.m., firefighters searched for the woman, who was considered missing at the time, Saint-Jean firefighter Louis-Philippe Trahan said. 

Leading the operation is Saint-Jean firefighter Louis-Philippe Trahan. (Radio-Canada)

The investigation has been transferred over to Quebec provincial police.

A man in his 20s was injured, treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

About 30 firefighters were on the scene of the four-alarm fire Monday morning, including crews from the neighbouring municipality of Saint-Alexandre who came to help. 

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined, Trahan said.

Gilbert Bergeron, who lives in the neighbouring residence, said he was awakened by the flames. 

Gilbert Bergeron, who lives in the neighbouring residence, said he was awakened by the flames. (Radio-Canada)

"That it happened on New Year's Eve — that is hard," Bergeron said.

He said he doesn't know the people who live in the building that burned down, but that his home is open as a refuge. 

"It would be a pleasure to make sure they are not in the street on New Year's Day," Bergeron said. 

With files from CBC Valeria Cori-Manocchio, Radio-Canada's Fannie Bussières McNicoll and The Canadian Press

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