"At the arrival of the fire department, they controlled the situation, did some searches, and found a man unconscious inside the apartment," said Jean-Pierre Brabant of the SPVM. "The man was rushed to hospital and unfortunately he was pronounced dead."
Firefighters say the second floor of the apartment is a total loss, with thousands of dollars worth of damage.
"Its quite hard to see when people are being displaced right before Christmas," said one local resident.
"I do have here furnished apartments close by, so I could accomodate anyone if they need immediate help," he said. "My house is also open to anyone."
"For the first three days, our volunteers will provide those services," said Stephanie Picard of the Red Cross.
The investigation was transferred to the Montreal Police arson squad, who have yet to establish the cause of the fire.
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