Val-des-Monts firefighters were called to a home at 23 Mercier Street on Sunday February 2nd on report of a fire. at approximately 3:30pm.
Firefighters discovered the bodies of Céline Labelle and Pierre Dupuis, both in their 50’s. one of whom was partially burned. The cause of death has not been released.
Retired RCMP officer and landlord of the home Yvon Mercier, 69, was arrested on February 3rd and charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of arson. Police said Mercier himself alerted the emergency services and waited for them to arrive.
Mercier is being detained until his next court appearance on Feb. 17th.