Pointe Aux Trembles, QB Nursing Home Fire, Apr 1957


Pointe Aux Trembles, Que., April 15 (UP) -- Fourteen aged men and women were burned to death when a flash electrical fire destroyed a 220-year-old nursing home, officials said today.
Police Chief J. L. Delorme said a painstaking search of the ruins of the converted mansion failed to turn up any more bodies from Saturday night's blaze.
Thirteen bodies of the elderly inmates were removed today. One resident died of burns in a hospital. Three others reported missing were believed to have escaped or were not in the building at the time of the fire.
Police said the fire began in the home's electric wiring at the point where power lines entered the building and crackled to all parts of the 18-room Madame Jean Henry Rest Home in this Montreal suburb.
Death came so quickly that none of the trapped inmates was heard to cry out. The roof caved in minutes after firemen arrived and the building blazed for five hours before the flames were brought under control.
Thirteen of the guests, ranging in age from 55 to over 80, managed to escape the flames. Police said all of them were downstairs, watching television, when the fire broke out.

The Charleroi Mail Pennsylvania 1957-04-15


Fire in Pointe-aux-Trembles

I was one of the firemen called to that fire. It still haunts me today. There was really nothing that we could do. You would think that things would have improved and now another deadly fire in a senior's home in Quebec with 3 dead and 30 unaccounted for. When will we learn that we have to keep our seniors safe. This is even more important for me as I am now one of them.