Tragic Fire in Boisbriand’s Kiryas Tosh Community Results in Two Fatalities (Photo: Mathieu Wagner)

Boisbriand, Lower Laurentians – A devastating fire in the heart of the Kiryas Tosh Hasidic Jewish community in Boisbriand claimed the lives of two individuals early Friday morning. The incident, which occurred at a local residence on Beth-Halevy Street, has left the community in mourning.

According to initial reports, the blaze erupted around 8:55 a.m., prompting an urgent response from the Boisbriand Fire Department. Firefighters, upon arrival, swiftly entered the burning structure to conduct a search and rescue operation. Tragically, they discovered two individuals, a man and a woman, in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. Despite the immediate and intense efforts of the first responders, both victims were unable to be revived. Their passing was later confirmed at a nearby hospital.


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The Thérèse-de-Blainville intermunicipal police have identified the victims as a 91-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. The police have since initiated a thorough investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to this tragic event.

Early indications suggest that the fire may have been accidental. “Our team of investigators and fire scene technicians are diligently working to determine the exact cause of the fire,” stated Inspector Karine Desaulniers in a press release. The Boisbriand fire department’s quick response played a crucial role in containing the fire, preventing further damage and loss.

The Kiryas Tosh community, established in the 1960s, is a vital part of the Boisbriand landscape, comprising approximately 3,000 members across nearly 350 families. This tragedy has undoubtedly cast a shadow over the community, which is now coming together in solidarity and grief.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, and further details are expected to be released as they become available. The community, meanwhile, is planning memorials to honor the lives lost in this heartbreaking incident.