Cops ID pair killed in Quebec fire

Two people died after a home at 3122 Wilson Rd. in Quebec's Pontiac municipality was gutted by fire...

Two people died after a home at 3122 Wilson Rd. in Quebec's Pontiac municipality was gutted by fire Saturday night. (Chris Hofley/QMI Agency)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:53 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Quebec police have identified the two victims of a fire near the village of Quyon in western Quebec on Saturday night.

MRC des Collines say Corina Usher Hayward, 56, and Richard Henry Neil, 51, died in the basement apartment of the farmhouse, which had security bars on the windows.

Hayward was the tenant of the basement apartment in the home, which the upstairs residents bought in 2012. The owners escaped the fire and called 911.

Hayward is believed to have lived downstairs for about a year.

Const. Martin Fournel said the pair was found in different areas of the basement, which had security bars on the windows.

"That's probably going to be part of the investigation," Fournel said. "If those (bars) were there, that's going to be big."

Police are investigating the fire because of the deaths, not because they suspect arson.


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