Place Youville fire: investigation will take time

An investigation into the causes of the Place Youville fire to determine whether criminal charges will apply will take time, police chief Fady Dagher said Monday in a presser in front of the ravaged building.

In the same presser, the mayor said that Airbnb has to stop listing illegal rentals and can’t just brush it off, saying it’s up to others to verify whether listings are permitted.

If it does transpire that seven people died in the fire, it will be the most deadly the city has seen in fifty years.

And the buck-passing begins as Quebec’s tourism minister says it’s up to cities to control illegal short‑term rentals.

Update: One of the missing people is neuroscientist An Wu, who rented a room there for one night following an academic conference. Her friends and colleagues had no idea why she hadn’t returned to San Diego where she was a postdoc. CBC tells about two other women who have been missing since the fire.