Montreal

Villeray apartment fire leaves 1 dead, dozen forced from their homes

Once the fire was under control, firefighters entered the building and found an 88-year-old woman unconscious inside one of the units. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Montreal police investigating fire that claimed life of 88-year-old woman

Montreal police are investigating after one person was declared dead at the scene of a fire in Villeray early Tuesday morning. (Alain Béland/Radio-Canada)

Montreal police are investigating a fatal fire at an apartment building in the Villeray neighbourhood.

Fire crews were called at around 1:30 a.m. to an apartment block on Guizot Street East, near St-Laurent Boulevard.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters entered the building and found an 88-year-old woman unconscious inside one of the units on the second floor.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Montreal police Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant. The victim has not been identified.

About 12 people were forced out of their homes and many are in the care of the Red Cross.

The building comprises six units and was heavily damaged.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed, but it is believed to have started in a bakery on the main floor of the building.