Apartment fire sends Canada PM's mother to hospital

Margaret Trudeau, the mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is "doing fine," her son said Tuesday, April 28, after she was rushed to hospital overnight when a fire broke out in her Montreal apartment.

Emergency response officials told Agence France-Presse that one person was transported to hospital, as local media posted images of several fire trucks, their long ladders extended and hoses strewn across the road, at her downtown residence.

"I spoke with my mom, and thankfully she's doing fine," the prime minister said in a Twitter message thanking fire and ambulance crews "for their incredible work."

"I'm keeping the other families affected by this fire in my thoughts today," he added.

Trudeau's office did not immediately respond to requests for more information.

But public broadcaster Radio-Canada said Margaret Trudeau, who is also the widow of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and possibly burns.

She is expected to recover.

The blaze reportedly started on a fifth floor terrace, and took 70 firefighters to douse. Three families were evacuated. – Rappler.com