1 Body Found, 6 Still Missing after Montreal Fire
MONTREAL - The body of one victim has been recovered from the rubble of an Old Montreal heritage building ravaged by fire, while six other people are still missing, the city's fire officials said at a news conference Sunday night.
This is the first confirmed death since the blaze, which tore through the three-storey, 15-unit residential building. Steve Belzil, commander of the Montreal police arson squad, said the victim's body was pulled from the rubble at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. "The steps to identify this victim will be taken by our partners in the forensic scientific laboratory," he said.
No other details about the victim, including their gender or where they were located in the building, were released.
Demolition crews began dismantling the building's top two floors on Sunday. Firefighters have yet to be able to safely enter the building. Police say it is still too early to determine the cause of the fire.
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