A Quebec firefighter was trapped and killed in an intense house fire outside of Montreal early Tuesday, officials said. The unidentified man was one of three firefighters in the house when the order to evacuate was given, CTV News reported from the town of Varennes. Two firefighters managed to get out before the structure collapsed, fire officials said.
The fire and smoke were so intense, it was eight hours before fellow firefighters located the firefighter's body in the basement and more than 10 of them carried out the stretcher with the body wrapped in a bright yellow blanket, the report said.
The fire broke out just after midnight Monday. Fire officials said it was too early to speculate on its cause, CTV said. No other injuries were reported.
Our prayers to the family and to the Verenne FD.
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03-04-2008, 11:45 AM #1
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03-04-2008, 01:23 PM #2
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This is what I found from a Montreal newspaper:
Firefighter dies in Varennes blaze
Paul Cherry, The Gazette Published: 41 minutes ago
VARENNES - A South Shore community is in mourning after losing one of its firefighters in a house fire.
Varennes firefighter Mathieu Émond, 26, died after the top two floors of a home on Ste. Anne St. collapsed while he was in the basement with two other firefighters.
Sgt. Michel Lefebvre, of the Richelieu-St. Laurent regional police, said fire started late Monday night. The first emergency call went out at after 11:30 p.m.
"It was people (inside the home) who noticed there was an enormous amount of smoke. When the firefighters arrived on the scene they searched to find the source. It seemed to be from the basement," he said.
Three firefighters were dispatched to the basement just before smoke inside the home grew more dense. Firefighters who were preparing hoses to deal with flames in the first-floor living room noticed the sudden buildup of smoke. All firefighters inside the house were ordered out but after a few minutes it was clear three were stuck inside.
"After a while, two were able to get out and they were black from head to foot. But the third never came out" Lefebvre said.
When the fire was completely extinguished a back hoe was used to move the debris from the collapsed house. The firefighter's body was found in the basement where he was last seen alive. It was removed shortly after 8 a.m.
Mario Sénécal, a resident of Ste. Anne St., said smoke from the fire seemed to build very quickly caused a quick evacuation of the home.
"When they arrived they did what they had to do. They smashed in the door and went in," Senecal said. "After I heard someone shout 'Hey, everybody out! Everybody out!"
Two people were inside the home when the fire broke out. They managed to leave without injury.
Several firefighters from neighbouring municipalities like Ste. Julie and St. Amable were called in to help put out the fire. Many of the young men had blank stares on their faces as they packed their equipment into their cars when their work was done.
Jean Marc Vallerand, a Varennes resident who knows some of the firefighter's colleagues, said he was shocked to learn that a firefighter lost his life in the blaze.
"We didn't it was that big. I think they did their work the way they were supposed to do. But sometimes it happens," he said. "This morning the city is touched by this death."
© The Gazette (Montreal) 2008
A firefighter was killed on duty in a Varennes house fire. (Photo by Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette)
Rest in Peace, Mon Ami
03-04-2008, 01:55 PM #3
may he rest in peace."sauver ou périr"
"courage et dévouement"
2 french mottoes in french fire service.
03-04-2008, 04:04 PM #4
03-04-2008, 04:44 PM #5
Rest Easy Brother.If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
03-04-2008, 09:05 PM #6
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My deepest sympathies to the Varennes Fire Department and the Émond family.
Sleep with angels, Mathieu.
03-05-2008, 05:30 PM #7
Prayers and condolences to the family and friends.
03-05-2008, 11:36 PM #8
2 years in Varenne firedepartement and started part time in Longueuil Fd 1 mounth ago he was waiting to pass is final test for Montreal Fd . He leaves behind a 26 year old wife and 10 mounth old girl....He will be missed.
To all of you that put youre life on the line every day THANKS!
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