The investigation into the fire in a house that killed a person on Friday in Saint-Ours, Montérégie, has been transferred to the crimes against the person unit of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the autopsy having revealed that it could be a homicide.
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“The investigation was initially carried out by major crimes, but it is being transferred to crimes against the person” because of the results of the autopsy, said SQ spokesman Sergeant Stéphane Tremblay on Saturday.
Mr. Tremblay, like his colleague Claude Denis the day before, said it is not possible to establish whether the victim is a woman or a man due to the state of the body. A coroner will have to determine the identity on the sidelines of the investigation led by the SQ’s personal crimes team.
The flames had started around 10:15 a.m. on Friday in the single-family house on Chemin des Patriotes, not far from Rue Victor-Samuel.
It was a neighbor who warned the authorities that smoke was coming from the residence.