75 evacuated during fire in Quebec City apartment building
About 75 residents of a five-storey Quebec City apartment building were evacuated as a fire ravaged the structure’s top floors Sunday night.
Fire crews were alerted to the Joncas Street blaze at 8:45 p.m. and more than 50 firefighters were called in to battle the flames.
Two people were injured and taken to hospital, but authorities say they will recover.
“When firefighters arrived, the premises were already being evacuated. We completed the evacuation of the fourth and fifth floors as others were rescued by ladders outside the building,” Jean-François Daigle, the spokesperson for Quebec City’s fire department, told Radio-Canada.
The fire was under control by 10 p.m. The Red Cross was on site and was evaluating how many people would be left without a place to stay Sunday night.
There are 60 units in the building in the city’s Beauport borough. The fire appears to have started in a fourth-floor unit, according to Daigle.
He said its cause is still unknown.