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Seniors’ residence fire in Anjou kills 97-year-old woman

A Montreal Police badge is shown during a news conference in Montreal on October 7, 2019. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

A 97-year-old woman has died after a fire broke out at a retirement home in Montreal’s Anjou borough on Tuesday.

Montreal police confirmed the woman died of her injuries a few hours after being taken to hospital in serious condition.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. in the building located at the corner of Joseph-Renault and Yves-Prévost boulevards.

Residents had to be evacuated from the seniors’ residence. A team from the Canadian Red Cross was on hand to help those displaced by the fire.

An investigation is underway into the fatal fire. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

It was a busy night for firefighters and the police arson squad as they also had to contend with two other suspicious blazes in commercial buildings where authorities found traces of accelerants. No injuries were reported.

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A fire in the Montreal suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux caused considerable damage, hitting nearby businesses. A few hours later, firefighters had to combat a blaze in the east-end Montreal district of Tetreaultville.

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with files from Global News’ Annabelle Olivier

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