MONTREAL (CP) - City firefighters were mourning one of their own Saturday after a veteran captain was killed in a freak firestorm at a small apartment building.
Capt. Marcel Marleau, a decorated 28-year veteran of the department and father of two, led a team to investigate complaints from residents that they smelled smoke in the building on Langelier Blvd. in the city's north end.
Just after 3:30 a.m. they found a sofa in a first-floor apartment that appeared to be burning and started to ventilate the room and evacuate residents.
However, fire chief Serge Tremblay said Marleau and his team suddenly found themselves surrounded by flames from a deadly flashover.
"There was a thermal phenomenon that isolated Capt. Marleau from the group," Tremblay told a news conference.
A flashover happens when something burning or smouldering causes hot gas to build up at ceiling level. When the gas reaches a certain temperature, the entire room explodes in flames.
Tremblay said fellow firefighters were unable to reach Marleau despite several rescue attempts.
Another firefighter suffered second-degree burns to the face during the fire which spread quickly through the three-storey building. He was treated at hospital and released.
Mayor Gerald Tremblay praised Marleau's team for helping the more than 100 other firefighters who answered the five-alarm fire continue to evacuate dozens of residents.
"Marcel's team continued to act with courage and professionalism and succeeded in evacuating the some 30 residents of the building," he told reporters.
The Quebec government also offered its condolences.
"The premier and all the members of the government join me in offering their sincere condolences to Mr. Marcel Marleau's family and his colleagues . . . especially those of Station 14, Group 1," Premier Jean Charest's No. 2 deputy and the public security minister, Jacques Dupuis, said in a news release.
Marleau is the fourth Montreal firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1990. The city's flag's are flying at half-mast.
Fire chief Tremblay said earlier at the scene that his colleagues were stunned by the loss of the captain, who had been decorated several times for bravery.
"The service is completely devastated. We've already set up psychological counselling at one place and three units are there right now," he said.
Members of Marleau's unit have also all been visited by psychologists.
A resident of the building told the all-news channel LCN she knew there was trouble when several firefighters ran out of the building.
"They were saying 'He's trapped, he's trapped,' " said the woman, who said she had escaped by jumping from her first-floor apartment.
She said several more firefighters then ran back in the building to try to free their colleague.
"It seems it was too late. I don't know if something fell on his head or something," said the woman, who was not identified.
The station reported that Marleau had been due to retire and was not even supposed to be working that night. It said he had switched shifts with a co-worker.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by police, but is so far believed to have been an accident.
In an unrelated blaze, a man was killed and another badly injured in an apartment fire in the city's southwestern Verdun neighborhood.
Firefighters found the men, both in their 50s, unconscious in the kitchen after the fire started around midnight, said a police spokesman, adding that the fire appeared to be an accident.
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01-22-2006, 02:15 PM #1
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01-22-2006, 02:24 PM #2
Repos dans le frère de paix.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
01-22-2006, 02:34 PM #3
Rest in Peace Capt. Marleau.To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.
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01-22-2006, 03:18 PM #4
Rest in peace, Brother.
Repos dans le frère de paix.
01-22-2006, 03:32 PM #5
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My condolences to the family and friends of Capt. Marcel Marleau.
Rset in peace Capt. Marleau.
01-22-2006, 04:02 PM #6
Mine also, its always a bad thing to lose one of our ownA'int No Rocket Scientist's in The Firehall
01-22-2006, 04:26 PM #7
Rest in Peace, Brother.
My condolences to the family.IACOJ
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01-22-2006, 04:37 PM #8
another sad day...Rest in Peace CapALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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01-22-2006, 05:01 PM #9
Un autre pompier pour protéger le ciel. Se reposer dans la paix.
01-22-2006, 06:26 PM #10
Public funeral planned for Montreal firefighter
Updated Sun. Jan. 22 2006 4:14 PM ET
MONTREAL — There will be a public funeral Thursday for a Montreal firefighter killed in a five-alarm blaze on the weekend.
Capt. Marcel Marleau, a 28-year veteran of the fire department, died early Saturday morning as he led a team investigating complaints of smoke in an apartment building in the city's north end.
Shortly after 3:30 a.m., Marleau and his team found a smouldering sofa on the first floor of the three-storey apartment and began to evacuate the building.
Marleau, 47, was separated from his fellow firefighters when the room suddenly exploded into flames in what is commonly called a "flashover."
They occur when hot gases build up on the ceiling, heating up until they ignite into flames.
Marleau was trapped by the flames and fire chief Serge Tremblay said firefighters were unable to reach him despite several attempts.
Another firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his face. He was treated in hospital Saturday and released.
Marleau, a married father of two, had received several commendations for bravery.
Police are investigating the cause of the blaze.
Marleau was the fourth Montreal firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1990.
01-22-2006, 06:37 PM #11
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Brother rest in peace. And also my condolences to the family may god be with them.
01-22-2006, 08:26 PM #12
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Rest in peace my brother, you will be missed.
01-23-2006, 01:02 AM #13
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Rest In Peace !
01-23-2006, 11:43 AM #14
God speed Brother...
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01-23-2006, 12:16 PM #15
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Sleep with angels, MarcelSeptember 11th - Never Forget
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01-23-2006, 12:58 PM #16
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Rest in peace brother, may your family find confort and peace in knowing that you died while saving all those lives...
Reposes en paix mon frère, que ta famille puisse trouver du réconfort et de la paix sachant que tu est mort en sauvant toutes ces vies...
01-24-2006, 09:26 AM #17
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Rest in peace brother!
My condolences to the family and friends.Leather Forever
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