Man dead, wife in hospital after Rockland bedroom fire

A fire inside a bedroom at a Rockland apartment, east of Ottawa, left one man dead and sent his wife to hospital with smoke inhalation, according to the area's fire chief.

Paul-Emile Simard, 82, identified as fire victim

An 82-year-old man is dead after a bedroom fire in Rockland, east of Ottawa.

Pierre Sabourin, the fire chief in Clarence-Rockland, said firefighters responded at about 5:50 a.m. when they received a call from the victim’s wife.

She told police there was a small fire in her husband’s bedroom in condo unit 304 at 2925 Laurier St. in Rockland.

An 82-year-old man died after a fire in this condo unit in Rockland. (CBC)
When firefighters arrived, they found the fire was almost extinguished and they quickly knocked it down.

Paul-Emile Simard was found without vital signs and he was later pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The wife was taken to hospital with minor smoke inhalation.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and Ontario Provincial Police in Rockland are now investigating.

Rockland is about a 30-minute drive east of Ottawa.