Canadian investigators search seven lacking after hearth at Montreal constructing By Reuters


© Reuters. Firefighters watch as investigators examine a three-storey heritage constructing in Outdated Montreal the place a hearth broke out final week leaving seven folks unaccounted for, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada March 19, 2023. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi


MONTREAL (Reuters) – Police and hearth officers in Canada stated they have been getting ready on Sunday to go looking the rubble of a Montreal heritage constructing for seven lacking folks believed trapped after flames engulfed the location final week.

Flowers have been left throughout a courtyard from the beige stone constructing within the historic Outdated Montreal district as employees took steps to safe the three-storey construction which remained inaccessible to firefighters and police on Sunday morning.

It took greater than 100 firefighters to comprise the hearth on the constructing, which broke out on Thursday morning and left a number of injured, stated Marie-Eve Beausoleil, a spokesperson for the town’s hearth division, the Service de securite incendie de Montreal.

The hearth’s trigger is unknown.

Montreal Police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant stated investigators had purpose to imagine there have been victims inside.

Flats within the constructing have been used each by long-term residents and friends who have been staying there short-term after reserving lodgings by means of Airbnb, Beausoleil stated on Saturday.

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