Tracey Tong/metro ottawa
Fire destroyed a three-unit apartment complex in Gatineau early yesterday morning in a blaze now being investigated as suspicious.
The fire started at 12:25 a.m. in the second-floor apartment of 27 Garneau St., said Gatineau Fire Department division chief, operations Daniel Albert.
Twenty firefighters from four Gatineau stations responded and put the fire under control by 3:30 a.m., but investigators remained on the scene for much of the day.
A neighbour, Anik Gosselin, was sitting outside in her yard after midnight when she smelled smoke.
“It was smelling like smoke very heavily,” she said. She called 9-1-1.
She doesn’t know who lives in the complex, but she believes an older lady lived in the basement apartment.
No tenants were injured, but two firefighters were taken to hospital, where one was treated for smoke inhalation and the other for a burned shoulder. Both were soon after released.
“They got injuries trying to locate a person in the fire that wasn’t there,” said Albert.
The fire caused about $75,000 worth of damage.
Gatineau Police have its criminal investigators working on the case, said Lieutenant Jean-Francois Beauchamp.
“It’s considered suspicious,” said Beauchamp. “We’ve got investigators working with the fire department.”