Body found, 6 missing after fire at illegal AirBnB in Canada – MONTREALINABOX
MONTREAL — Montreal’s mayor vowed Monday to tighten regulation of Airbnb as a search continued for six people missing after a fire swept through a building that included Airbnb units in a historic city section where they are banned.
Firefighters initially thought there was one person missing in the blaze last Thursday in the eastern Canadian city. However, reports emerged later of illegal Airbnb units in the more than 130-year-old building, and authorities updated the missing over the weekend to seven — including some from the United States.
Montreal police reported pulling the body of a woman from the rubble Sunday evening.
Montreal police Insp. David Shane said the six who are still missing are from Quebec, Ontario and the U.S., adding that investigators have contacted their families. The fire last Thursday also injured nine people, including two who were hospitalized.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said the building included illegal Airbnb units as well as an architect’s office. Plante said Airbnb should have demanded that unit owners provide a permit number from the Quebec provincial government.
“What happened here is a complete tragedy,” Plante said. “Clearly, we would not be in this position if we…
Body found, 6 missing after fire at illegal AirBnB in Canada – MONTREALINABOX – Source
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