01/11/2014 09:33 EST | Updated 03/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Charlesbourg man dies in early morning fire

A fire in the Quebec City borough of Charlesbourg early Saturday morning has claimed the life of a man in his 50s.

The fire broke out around 4 a.m. in an apartment at 3858 des Thuyas Street.

A neighbour interviewed by Radio-Canada said he tried to enter the apartment to help get the tenant out, but the fire was too intense.

"There was a lot of smoke and I tried to push the door, then I saw the fire. I stopped pushing because I was afraid that opening the door would result in suction," said Yannick Gariépy.

Around 20 people escaped the flames without injuries and four apartments suffered heavy damage.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.