Two people are dead following an explosion inside a home in the Jonquière borough of the city of Saguenay, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive north of Quebec City.
Firefighters, police and paramedics were called to a house on Dubose Street in the Arvida neighbourhood Monday morning. Radio-Canada is reporting that the basement windows of a home were blown out and the circumstances leading to the explosion are raising questions.
Neighbour Régis Bélanger says he was surprised by a loud noise at around 10 a.m.
“I heard a “boom” like an explosion of dynamite,” he told Radio-Canada.
Sûreté du Québec (SQ) Sergeant Hugues Beaulieu says the explosion happened in the basement apartment of a duplex and while local officers were the first to respond, the investigation was handed over to provincial police.
“We know that this explosion caused multiple deaths,” said Beaulieu. “We have to wait until we can [safely] get inside the building to make sure there aren’t any other deaths and try to determine the cause and the circumstances.”
Beaulieu says the SQ’s major crimes unit is handling the investigation, with help from forensic identification and explosives technicians.
A secure perimeter was still in place Monday afternoon and the SQ had yet to send in its experts to conduct a thorough analysis.
© Lynda Paradis/Radio-Canada Provincial police say at least two people were killed in an explosion that happened in the basement apartment of a home in the city of Saguenay, north of Quebec City.