Fire in Pointe-Parent: a neighbor fears to suffer the same fate

Fire in Pointe-Parent: a neighbor fears the same fate


A fire completely destroyed a residence in Pointe-Parent, on the North Shore, on Sunday morning. This is the fourth fire in four years, according to the co-owner of the neighboring house, who fears that her home will suffer the same fate.

The fire started a little before 3 a.m. in Pointe-Parent, a village near the Innu community of Natashquan. According to the deputy chief of the community fire department, Patrick Tshernish, the wind helped reignite the blaze after the intervention of a tanker truck beforehand.

Patrick Tshernish explains that the fire would have started in the living room or the kitchen, where people would have taken alcohol.

The individuals inside were not the owners of the premises. According to a neighbor, Nicole Lessard, they did not have permission to enter, since the residence has just been bought by the Quebec government. Other properties would have been bought in the village, according to her.

“It’s money that goes up in smoke. It's a bit sad too. The concern is growing for other owners who are not residents, but whose houses are still in Pointe-Parent, some of which are squatted and inhabited illegally,” lamented Nicole Lessard.


“What will be the next house”?

The Natashquan resident now wonders what will be the next house to be engulfed in flames. She would be relieved if the Government of Quebec completed the process of buying back the properties, which began in 2018.

“We were asked in 2018 to choose our notary, because it had to be done quickly. In the winter of 2019, everything had to be settled. Why did it stop? Why do we have no information? Are we facing total nothingness? It is a political will. It just takes the go to make it work!” said Nicole Lessard.

A “priority” file

Made of the situation on Sunday evening, the Secretariat for Native Affairs of Quebec affirms that the The Pointe-Parent residence buyout file is a priority.

Minister Ian Lafrenière's press attaché, Mathieu Durocher, added that a dozen houses were bought back as part of phase 1 of the project. Nicole Lessard's house “would be targeted by phase 2”, which concerns “non-occupant owners”, he wrote, noting in passing that the Pointe-Parent file had been dragging on for 20 years and that Lafrenière had acted ” upon arrival”.