Police are investigating a suspicious fire that caused an elder care facility in Terrebonne, Que. to be evacuated early Sunday morning.
During the fire, several residents could be seen on their balconies calling for help. Firefighters were able to quickly remove them.
Police say 43 people were rescued from the Oasis Reception Centre, 12 of them were hospitalized for smoke inhalation and one resident is being treated for burns.
According to police, there is concern for the burn victim’s life.
Several firefighters from neighbouring municipalities were called in to help fight the fire.
A preliminary investigation into the fire has led police to believe the fire may have been started intentionally. The Surete du Quebec has been asked to provide a fire technician to assist the investigation.
With files from The Canadian Press