One person dead following fire at Complexe Samuel Holland

Photo: Scott French

The boarded up #724 appartment at Complexe Samuel Holland. Damage at the appartment building geared to seniors was limited to #724 where the fire originated.


One 70 year-old female resident has died following a fire Tuesday morning at the Complexe Samuel Holland on the corner of Rue Ernest Gagnon and Chemin Ste. Foy. The identity of the victim had still not been released while authorities were waiting to contact the victim's family. Approximately 200 of the building's elder residents were evacuated but no other injuries have been reported.

The fire broke out around 9:45 a.m. and was stabilized by firefighters by 11 a.m. The fire is known to have started within the deceased woman's number 724 apartment although the cause is still under investigation.

According to Lynn Anne Ferguson, the executive assistant for Casot Ltée, the building's manager, damage has been limited to the number 724 apartment alone. The neighboring apartments have not suffered any damage, Ferguson said.

"The walls are made of concrete so the building is quite safe in terms of fire or even water damage,"

Ferguson said staff are busily cleaning the smoke damage fifth floor of the apartement complexe.

This is the first time in her seven year experience that there has been a fire at the building.