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Four dead in apartment fire southwest of Montreal

Police are shown at the scene of a fire at an apartment building in Les Coteaux, Que., southwest of Montreal early Tuesday morning, Dec. 23, 2014. A man and woman and one of their children died and two other children were seriously injured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

LES COTEAUX, Que. – A Quebec couple and two of their children are dead after an early-morning fire at an apartment building southwest of Montreal.

Quebec provincial police say Patrick Gagnon, 37, Karine Desrochers-Gauthier, 32, and their four-year-old daughter died in Tuesday’s blaze in Les Coteaux, Que.

A two-year-old boy died later in hospital, while an eight-year-old boy remains in critical condition in a Montreal hospital.

According to a regional fire official, the five people were unconscious when they were evacuated from the site.

Michel Pitre added that firefighters saw no smoke detectors in the apartment.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined and an investigation into the blaze continues.