Funeral for Montreal firefighter who died during rescue scheduled for today

This article is over 8 months old Officials hold a candlelight vigil outside fire department headquarters after firefighter drowned while trying to rescue trapped residents Funeral for Montreal firefighter who died during rescue scheduled…

Funeral for Montreal firefighter who died during rescue scheduled for today

This article is over 8 months old

Officials hold a candlelight vigil outside fire department headquarters after firefighter drowned while trying to rescue trapped residents

Funeral for Montreal firefighter who died during rescue scheduled for today

Officials are planning to hold a funeral for a firefighter who drowned while trying to rescue residents from their burning downtown Montreal apartment building last week.

People gathered in the area of the glitzy Château Frontenac Hotel, a short walk from the city’s luxury Four Seasons hotel, to light candles and mourn the loss of 43-year-old firefighter Marc-Antoine Paquette, who died after being pulled from the St-Jean-Baptiste building, which was engulfed in flames on Wednesday.

A funeral service for Paquette is scheduled for Monday.

Mayor Denis Coderre, who attended the vigil, said he was “not surprised at all” by people taking the opportunity to express their grief.

“I understand the motivation, it’s very emotional,” Coderre said. “Every Montrealer is devastated by the death of our firefighter.

“It’s still so early. We don’t know the names of everyone who died or the nature of their injuries. And there are still more questions than answers,” he added.

According to authorities, Paquette was leading a group of six firefighters down a flooded staircase when he slipped. He and his partner then entered the building on foot, but were overcome by smoke before they were able to reach the sixth floor.

Authorities suspect that some of the firefighters started the fire after being given a lighter.

They have said five firefighters, one police officer and two civilian victims died.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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