Man missing in Laval house fire

Calls to the homeowner have gone unanswered and his car was in the driveway when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters arrived to find two-storey house in Vimont neighbourhood engulfed in flames

It took 31 Laval firefighters two hours to get the fire under control. (Radio-Canada)

One man is missing after a fire destroyed a family residence in Laval's  Vimont neighbourhood Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters used a mechanical shovel to gently shift debris from the ruined home in their search for the missing homeowner.  

"There's a very good chance he's still in there," said fire department spokesman Michel Durocher. 

Durocher said calls to the homeowner have gone unanswered and his car was in the driveway when firefighters arrived.

A neighbour reported the fire at 3:09 p.m. and firefighters arrived on the scene four minutes later to find the two-storey house engulfed in flames, Durocher said.

"It's a total loss," he said.

Houses on either side of the residence were evacuated as a precaution.

The four-alarm fire involved 31 firefighters and took two hours to get under control. 

One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion but there were no other injuries.

Police are now taking over the investigation, Durocher said.