Suspicious fire destroys a residence in Amos

The Sûreté du Québec is investigating a suspicious fire that occurred Wednesday in Amos. Emergency services were called around 4:20 a.m. to a confirmed fire on 3rd Avenue East.

The blaze caused no injuries and required the intervention of 21 firefighters for several hours. The single-family residence is a total loss.

When we arrived, the fire had actually caught at the rear of the building, the flames were visible. We worked to put out the fire from the outside, while sending a team inside to check if there was anyone in the basement, on the ground floor or upstairs. Our priority is thisexplains Guy Béchard, director of the fire department of the Town of Amos.

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The firefighters used the ladder for the intervention since the fire was in the attic.

Photo: Courtesy: Town of Amos Fire Department

A command post

After discovering suspicious elements, firefighters entrusted the investigation to the Sûreté du Québec.

The Major Crimes Investigation Division is handling the case. So, today, fire investigators and technicians are on site to try to determine the causes and circumstances of the fire.specifies Sergeant Nancy Fournier, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.

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Sergeant Nancy Fournier, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec, invites the population to send information.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Martin Guindon

The police are asking for help from the public to help them resolve this matter.

A mobile command post was set up on site. If people who were witnesses or who have information to provide to help us in the investigation, they are welcomeunderlines Sergeant Fournier.

Risky situations

>>Guy Béchard wears an Amos fire department jacket in front of the burned house.>>

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Guy Béchard, director of the fire department of the Town of Amos, wishes to protect citizens and firefighters.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Martin Guindon

The director of the fire department, Guy Béchard, also recalls that such suspicious actions can have serious consequences.

The risks this creates for the population, the risks of propagation, the risks for our firefighters who must intervene, he lists. First, in rescue, firefighters take risks for themselves. Then, there are the costs that it also represents for the City, all the deployment of firefighters, trucks, etc. It becomes expensive as an intervention.

A site targeted several times

>>The exterior of the house is damaged. A Sûreté du Québec car is parked near a banner preventing passage to the backyard.>>

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Damage to the front of the house was caused by a suspicious vehicle fire in March 2023.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Martin Guindon

This site has been targeted several times by fires or suspicious actions. Two vehicles were set on fire in the front yard of the residence in March and May 2023.

The residence was also the target of at least one shooting last November.

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