A 32-year-old woman died after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the basement unit of a LaSalle duplex.
Following a 911 call at about 1:30 p.m., firefighters controlled the fire, which had started in the kitchen of the dwelling, located on Thierry St. near Corner St. They found the woman on the floor on the floor, overcome by smoke, said Montreal police spokesperson Carolyn Chèvrefils.
Montreal fire department operations chief Danny Ciavaglia told TVA the woman was conscious when firefighters found her. He said she was taken outdoors and revived. She was subsequently taken to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental, said Chèvrefils, but considering the “critical state of health of the woman,” the police department’s arson unit was called in. Investigators were en route to the scene on Sunday afternoon, she said.
Ciavaglia said he did not know whether the basement unit had a smoke detector, since the drywall had been removed by firefighters, but he said there were no functioning smoke detectors in the building’s other units.
The units were evacuated and the Red Cross was on hand to help residents, who might be unable to return to their homes right away and could need temporary shelter.