Man dies in Anjou fire

An 83-year-old man is dead after a fire broke out in his Beaubien Street apartment just after 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Concierge tried to carry man to safety

Officials said the fire broke out in a second-storey apartment just before 4:20 a.m. (Elias Abboud/CBC)

 An 83-year-old man is dead after a fire broke out his Anjou apartment early Friday morning.

The fire started in a second-floor apartment at 7090 Beaubien Street just before 4:20 a.m., according to the Montreal fire department. 

The building’s concierge, a 67-year-old woman, tried to pull the 83-year-old man from his burning apartment before rescue crews arrived, said Richard Laporte of the Montreal Fire Department.

"She did what she could do, but the man was over 200 lbs," he said. "She tried, she tried, she tried, but no success."

The man died of smoke inhalation, Laporte said.

The rest of the six-storey building was evacuated and three people were taken to hospital for observation.

The concierge was treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire was out by shortly after 5 a.m. and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.