Police investigate Montreal apartment fire that claimed life of 66-year-old man

Police investigate Montreal apartment fire that claimed life of 66-year-old man
Man dies, firefighter injured during two-alarm fire in Cote-des-Neiges
A firefighter also broke an arm and a leg when he fell through a hole in the floor created by the fire. The case has been turned over to arson detectives.

Montreal’s arson squad is investigating a fire that killed a 66-year-old man in Côte-des-Neiges Sunday morning.

Firefighters were called to a duplex on Appleton Ave. near Decelles Ave. at 6:40 a.m. They found a man unconscious in an apartment.

A firefighter broke an arm and a leg when he fell through a hole in the floor that had been created by the fire, Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said

Approximately 70 firefighters responded to the call on Appleton Avenue in Cote-des-Neiges when it came in around 6:40 a.m. (CTV Montreal)

A man, the owner of the two-storey building, was found unconscious in his second floor apartment. Firefighters attempted CPR, but the man remained unconscious en route to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

A firefighter also fractured his arm and leg during the intervention, when he fell through a hole from the second to first floor.

Firefighters say the second floor of the apartment is a total loss, with thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The investigation was transferred to the Montreal Police arson squad, who have yet to establish the cause of the fire.

According to an SPVM spokesperson, Jean-Pierre Brabant, no criminal element is being explored at this time.