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(Updated 7:30 a.m., Feb. 1)
Man facing charges after woman rescued from fire with stab wounds

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

Firefighters 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.

The firefighters were able to rescue the woman, identified as Christine Valois, along with her adult son.

Valois 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.

Next door neighbour Rick Gauthier says he and his wife were awoken by a loud explosion and went outside to see what was going on.

"There 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."

At 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," says Gauthier.

The effect of the fire has displaced 30 people who live in the townhouses adjacent to the unit where it started.

The fire itself is being investigated as to its origin and the possibility it was criminally set.

The accused is expected to appear in court on Monday either in person or by video link-up.

The blaze occurred less than 12 hours after firefighters were called to a fire on Explorer Lane in Convent Glen on Saturday night.

That fire, which caused an estimated $350,000 damage to a two-storey single detached home..

Jérémie Bergeron/CBC

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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