Fire tears through Trois-Rivières seniors' residence

Fire engulfed a seniors' residence in Trois-Rivières early Tuesday morning, but everyone appears to have made it out safely.

Cause of fire still not known

Police officers patrolling in the area smelled smoke just before 3 a.m. (Radio-Canada)

Fire engulfed a seniors’ residence in Trois-Rivières early Tuesday morning, but it appears everyone made it out safely. 

The flames broke out at around 3 a.m. at the Residence Arcand in the city's Cap-de-la-Madeleine area.

Michel Letarte, spokesperson for the Trois-Rivières police, said officers were on patrol in the area when they smelled smoke.

A few moments later, calls started coming in to 911 confirming there was a fire.

"When we arrived with the firemen, all the people were out of the building," Letarte said. "Some of those people have been [assisted] by the Trois-Rivières Red Cross."

He couldn’t confirm how many people live in the building, but said the Red Cross was helping about nine people. 

At 7 a.m. firefighters were still on scene trying to fully extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire is not known.