UPDATED: Fire breaks out in apartment building in Hudson

PHOTO: Neil Blaikie

A fire almost gutted a three story apartment building in Hudson Sunday evening.

The blaze started around 6:30 P.M. at 552 Main St. in a 14 unit apartment building located across the street from the Hudson fire department.

Around 60 firefighters from local fire departments including St. Lazarre, Rigaud, and Vaudreuil were also on scene to fight the flames. It was put out around 5 A.M. Monday.

"It's a wooden frame, we couldn’t have too many guys in there because of the floor stability. We tried to attack it from aerial ladders at the beginning, once we confirmed that the floor was safe enough, we were able to go in," Daniel Leblanc, the assistant Hudson fire department chief said.

"The top floor is completely done, the other two floors have smoke damage and water damage, I'm not sure what they can save in that at all," Lablanc continued.

The fire left 15 to 20 people homeless. No one was injured.

Firefighter were able to salvage some personal belongings in units on the first and second floors.

"She was in shock, it's normal she's 85, she thought that she lost everything but now we have good news for her, they were able to save some of her stuff,” Mario Séguin, who's mother-in-law lived in the building, said.

Séguin said the apartment was not a seniors residence but that many elderly lived in the building.

Firefighter said some cats went missing during the fire. One was found dead.

Investigators will be on the scene Monday to determine the cause of the fire. It was someone in a unit on the second floor who placed the 911 call to report a kitchen fire.

 

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  1. Neil Blaikie posted on 05/04/2014 10:46 PM
    The fire started in a top floor apartment from cooking oil catching on fire.

    The top two apartments in a mostly seniors building are a total loss. All residents have made it out but sadly reports are coming in of several cats perishing.

    I am a Hudson resident and have pictures taken directly from the scene. Hudson, Rigaud, St Lazare and Pincort firefighters on the scene. Fire is not yet totally extinguished at the time of sending this message,
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