7:30 a.m., Feb. 1)
Man facing charges after woman rescued from fire with
By Fred Sherwin
young man who was pulled from a burning townhouse with
his mother on Sunday, is facing multiple charges after
allegedly stabbing her prior to the blaze.
were called to the townhouse at 3275 St. Joseph Blvd.
at just before 7:40 a.m. on Sunday morning. When they
arrived the fire was already fully involved and a woman
could be heard screaming for help from the basement.
firefighters were able to rescue the woman, identified
as Christine Valois, along with her adult son.
was rushed to hospital where she was treated for a stab
wound and smoke inhalation. Her adult son was handcuffed
after a brief struggle and transported to hospital where
he was also being treatd for smoke inhalation.
door neighbour Rick Gauthier says he and his wife were
awoken by a loud explosion and went outside to see what
was going on.
was fire and smoke billowing from the unit next door,"
Gauthier told an Ottawa Sun reporter. "I heard
(Valois) screaming and tried to get her to follow my voice
and then everything went quite. I thought for sure nobody
was going to come out of there alive and then miraculously
the firemen pulled her out of the basement window."
the same time, firefighters also pulled out Valois' son
and placed him under arrest. "They were dragging
him kicking and screaming and they handcuffed him,"
effect of the fire has displaced 30 people who live in
the townhouses adjacent to the unit where it started.
fire itself is being investigated as to its origin and
the possibility it was criminally set.
accused is expected to appear in court on Monday either
in person or by video link-up.
blaze occurred less than 12 hours after firefighters were
called to a fire on Explorer Lane in Convent Glen on Saturday
fire, which caused an estimated $350,000 damage to a two-storey
single detached home..
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