97-year-old dies following fire in east-end Montreal retirement home

A fire in a seniors' residence in Montreal's Anjou borough forced those living there to be evacuated Tuesday evening. One person is reported to have died due to injuries sustained during the fire (Cosmo Santamaria, CTV News).

A 97-year-old woman has died after sustaining injuries during a fire in a retirement home in Montreal's east end on Tuesday.

Montreal police (SPVM) confirmed overnight Wednesday that the woman passed away a few hours after being taken to hospital in serious condition.

(Photo: Cosmo Santamaria, CTV News)

It remains unknown how the fire began at around 5 p.m. in the building at the corner of Joseph-Renault and Yves-Prévost Boulevards, in the Anjou borough.

A team from the Canadian Red Cross was on site to evacuate residents from the building.

(Photo: Cosmo Santamaria, CTV News)

Montreal police said they didn't yet know the cause of the fire but believe it may have started in an apartment.

The SPVM arson squad will continue to investigate the circumstances of the event to determine how the fire was started.

-- With files from The Canadian Press

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