Rigaud residence a write-off following fire
PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG
The fire ravaged building on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street East, shown here the day after the fire, is considered a write-off.
Firefighters from six neighbouring municipalities were on hand to assist Rigaud firefighters in battling the blaze that erupted shortly before midnight June 5, resulting in the closure of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street East in both directions.
Sûreté du Québec (SQ) spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said the fire was not suspicious in nature.
Valérie Langevin and Kevin Courchesne-Childs were tenants of the second floor and while the official cause of the blaze has not been established, Courchesne-Childs told The Journal it may have started in a faulty electrical outlet used to power a clothes dryer.
The young couple was on the scene the following day, June 6 in search of one their cats who disappeared during the confusion of the owners leaving the burning building and saving their other feline charges.
“We think he’s in there,” said Courchesne-Childs as he peered in the open doorway from behind the security barrier.
The fire occurred almost directly across the street from a suspicious blaze that broke out in a hair salon in November, 2017. Six months after that event, the SQ released photos of an arson suspect who has yet to be identified.
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