December 10, 2023

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Her Little Cousin Missing From Old Montreal Fire: “I Will Miss Her So Much”

Her Little Cousin Missing From Old Montreal Fire: “I Will Miss Her So Much”

The wait was long for relatives of those missing in Thursday’s violent fire in Old Montreal that destroyed a heritage building. A little cousin of Charlie Lacroix, who went missing from the fire, expressed his sadness to our journalist.

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Charlie, 18, joined friends at an Airbnb for the night.

According to his relatives, Charlie cannot be kicked out of the building. She reportedly dialed 911 twice before she died The Journal of Montreal.

In an interview with TVA Nouvelles, Charlie Lacroix’s younger cousin, Laurence Anne Bettes, has only good words for the youngster.

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“Charlie is an extraordinary person, full of energy, full of energy, he has a lot to show,” he said.

“She is my little darling cousin, whom I love more than anything […] [On était] Very close. […] She recognized me very well. I became a reference person over the years and we were very close and I miss her a lot.

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Anne Pettus

Charlie Lacroix’s little cousin has shared her pain and moments of anguish since the fire.

Photos courtesy of Lawrence Anne Pettus

“It’s very difficult. We knew she was going to be gone […] It was so hard to know she was there,” says Lawrence Ann Pettus.

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Lawrence insists that the work of first responders has been exemplary, despite the delay in the search for victims’ bodies from the rubble.

“The emergency services – I must mention this – are doing an extraordinary job. We know that they did everything to evacuate as many people as possible,” he said.

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Residents of the building condemned it Register After the tragedy, the precarious configuration of the building’s apartments.

Airbnbs are also prohibited from being rented out in this sector. Lawrence had little to say about the setting of the place.

“Really shocking! We don’t know why it happened, we don’t know why it’s happening, we don’t know who made the accommodations that way,” he summarizes.

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“We don’t have a lot of answers on this right now. We’ll wait for the investigation to follow its natural course and hopefully sanctions, if any, will be imposed.”

What can we wish for loved ones who are grieving the loss of Charlie?

“Tenderness, courage … then, to think of Charlie,” she concludes, hoping to find more answers in situations of tragedy.

Recall that the SPVM confirmed in a press conference on Saturday evening that at least seven people are missing since the terrible fire that broke out on March 16.