Tight-knit community in shock after 3 die in Gaspé house fire

Investigators with the major crimes unit have been dispatched from Quebec City and Chandler to determine the cause of the fire, and identify the victims.

1 person escaped burning house in Saint-Siméon, Que. on Saturday morning

Firefighters discovered three bodies upon entering the home. One person managed to escape the flames and was treated in hospital. (Pierre Cotton/Radio-Canada)

Three people have died after a fire broke out in a home in Saint-Siméon, on the Baie-des-Chaleurs in the Gaspé region.

Firefighters were called to the scene early Saturday morning at around 4:45 a.m.

The chief of the local fire department, Avelin Poirier, said the building was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

"We weren't able to go inside because it would have been too dangerous for our guys," said Poirier.

Three bodies were later found on the second floor of the home.

One person was able to escape the fire and was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Provincial police said that person has since been released from hospital.

'Immeasurable' tragedy

Investigators with the major crimes unit have been dispatched from Quebec City and Chandler to determine the cause of the fire, and identify the victims.

The mayor of Saint-Siméon, Denis Gauthier, said the community of 1,200 people is "in shock."

"Everybody knows everybody here," he said, calling it an "immeasurable" tragedy.

Social workers with the local health centre have been called in to ensure psychological support is available to those who might need it.

With files from Radio-Canada