Dramatic rescue as fire ravages seniors home in Terrebonne, Que.
Thirty-five elderly residents of a senior citizens home had to be evacuated from their home early Sunday morning when fire consumed the residence on St-Louis Street in Terrebonne, on the north shore east of Montreal.
When firefighters arrived at around 1:30 a.m., the flames were already sky high. Firefighters and police had to stage a quick and dramatic rescue.
“There were people everywhere, on the ground, who were trying to get out,” said Fire Operations Chief Érick Harnois. “There were people on their balconies, crying for help.”
One resident was taken to hospital with serious burns and at least three others are in hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
The woman was reportedly hurt when the roof collapsed near her as she was being escorted out by police.
No resident was left behind, though everyone needed assistance to exit, said Harnois.
“It’s a scenario we don’t see often in our careers, and we don’t wish it on anyone, but we’re happy it went smoothly,” he said.
Harnois said no firefighters were hurt in the rescue operation. Firefighters from neighbouring municipalities had to be called in to help fight the fire.
By 6 a.m. Sunday, the fire was under control, although the Oasis seniors residence is a total loss.