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FREDERIC SERRE
The 1019 Report

Less than 24 hours after a devastating blaze destroyed two residences and seriously damaged a third on Du Suroît Crescent in Rigaud, victims of the tragedy were inundated by community support yesterday, as people from Rigaud turned to social media to offer donations and accommodation.

“I want to say thank you to all the neighbours on Croissant du Suroît who were more than perfect with their immense generosity, so a thousand thank-yous,” said Mylène Lauzon, whose mother lost her home on Monday when flames ripped through her residence at about 2:30 p.m. Lauzon says her mother has been able to find temporary shelter at a local inn. “Luckily, everyone is alive, and our pets, too.”

Firefighters from Rigaud, St. Lazare, Hudson, Côteau du Lac, Ste. Marthe and Pincourt battled the intense fire for five hours, as flames swept through 84 and 86 du Suroît Crescent. Both homes were completely destroyed. A third suffered major damage.

Yesterday morning, firefighters were still on the scene, hoping to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.

“We should know more by the afternoon,” said interim Rigaud Fire Chief Guillaume Roy, adding that his fire department is working closely with the St. Lazare fire brigade to determine where and how the fire began.

According to Roy, several citizens called 911 after spotting smoke and flames, which were visible from several kilometres away. Firefighters and police immediately responded, making sure no occupants were inside the three residences.

Lauzon, meanwhile, said her mom’s house is a total loss. She said her mother, 63, underwent surgery to her knee two weeks ago, which made it difficult for her to get out of the burning building. She praised the work of the firefighters, adding: “I want to thank them all for doing their best in putting out the fire at my mom’s house and the neighbours’.”

The 13-room attached residence, at 86 du Suroît Crescent, was for sale, with an asking price of $445,000, according to Centris. It is now a complete loss.

Cutline:

Smoke billowed from the residential building on Du Suroît Crescent in Rigaud on Monday afternoon as flames engulfed the structure.

Credit:
Madeleine Langlois, The 1019 Report

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