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75 evacuated from building during Quebec City apartment fire

Seventy five residents were evacuated from a five-storey Quebec City apartment building as a fire ravaged the structure Sunday night.

The 60-year-old suspect was found in his smoke-filled apartment on the fourth floor of the building

A fire engulfed a Quebec City aparment building's fourth and fifth floor Sunday night, leading to the evacuation of about 75 people. (Radio-Canada)

A man has been arrested for arson after about 75 residents were evacuated from a Quebec City apartment building Sunday night. 

Fire crews were alerted to the Joncas Street blaze at 8:45 p.m. and more than 50 firefighters were called in to battle the flames.

The 60-year-old suspect was found near his window on the fourth floor of the building with his apartment full of smoke, authorities said. He was taken to hospital.

Another resident was injured and taken to hospital, but authorities said they will recover.

"When firefighters arrived, the premises were already being evacuated. We completed the evacuation of the fourth and fifth floors as others were rescued by ladders outside the building," Jean-François Daigle, the spokesperson for Quebec City's fire department, told Radio-Canada.

A number of those evacuated were rescued by ladder's propped up to the sides of the building. (Radio-Canada)

The fire was under control by 10 p.m. The Red Cross was on site and was evaluating how many people would be left without a place to stay Sunday night.

There are 60 units in the five-storey building in the city's Beauport borough.

with files from Radio-Canada's Carl Marchand

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