Very early Sunday morning, a fire broke out in a building on rue Asselin, in Saint-Tite-des-Caps. The fire started around 5 a.m. in the attic of the 13-unit building. The roof was quickly engulfed in flames.
The fire services of Côte-de-Beaupré came to the aid of the municipal firefighters. About forty firefighters are on the ground.
“These are elderly people, who may be taking medication to sleep or take their hearing aid. The evacuation is taking a long time,” said Patrick Goupil, director of Beaupré, Saint-Joachim and Saint-Tite-des-Caps. fire service, told Radio-Canada.
Fortunately, all the tenants got out of the building safely. However, the victims had to find a new place to live. The building is a total loss. This was not an easy task, as accommodation was scarce. It’s even cheaper.
“We will work hard to make sure they have a roof over their heads. The teams are already working to do this,” said Le Soleil the director of communications and external relations of the Société d’habitation du Québec, Sébastien Olivier .
The Côte-de-Beaupré Municipal Housing Office (OMH) has been on the ground since Sunday morning. In a big case like this, the Quebec OMH is also sent to the scene of the fire. The two agents work together to manage the situation.
Sébastien Olivier confirmed that most of the victims are now being housed by relatives. Others are cared for by the Red Cross. An emergency and non-permanent solution.
The mayor of Saint-Tite-des-Caps, Majella Pichette, estimated that the reconstruction could take “up to a year” and that the return of these people in the long term was a “problem to be solved”, as he also on the airwaves of the state. corporation.
But there is hope.
“In the rules for allocating social housing, if you are a victim of a calamity, you are a priority on the waiting list. The victims then find themselves at the top of the list. »
– Sébastien Olivier, director of communications and external relations of the Société d’habitation du Québec
The collaboration between OMH in Côte-de-Beaupré and Quebec should also make it possible to find a solution quickly.
“The collaboration with the Office de Québec, which manages almost 12,000 housing units, opens up many possibilities. The goal is not to uproot the victims from their environment, but we suspect that in a city that as big as Saint-Tite-des-Caps, there are no other options,” explained M. Olivier.
So some may be transferred to another place in Côte-de-Beaupré or in Quebec.