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Suspicious blaze in Rigaud


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Firefighters responding to an early morning November 20 blaze at a commercial building on Rue Saint-Jean-Baptiste East in Rigaud found it suspicious enough to contact the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

“The scene was analyzed by technicians from the fire investigation unit,” said SQ spokesperson Sgt. Joyce Kemp November 22, “but we still don’t have an update on the origin of the fire. The major crime unit is now handling the investigation.”

Kemp said after flames broke out at 1:15 a.m., an initial investigation was carried out at the scene by police before the dossier was transferred.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t see anything,” said Isabelle Jobin who was a resident on the second floor of the building. “The fire alarm woke us up and we left right away. The fire was spreading quickly.”

The couple was able to exit the burning building with their two dogs. Their two cats were rescued the evening of November 21 by fire department workers who showed up to install barricades around the damaged building. Jobin told Your Local Journal she and her family have found a new apartment but have lost all their possessions in the fire.

Kemp said results of the investigation will not be known for at least a few weeks.

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