Fire rips through building on downtown Montreal commercial strip

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About 105 firefighters and 31 vehicles were needed to put out the fire.  (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)
About 105 firefighters and 31 vehicles were needed to put out the fire. (Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Montreal firefighters battled a four-alarm fire in a vacant building downtown last night.

The fire department responded to a call Saturday at 11:40 p.m. after reports of the fire, which broke out in a 3-storey commercial building at 690 Sainte-Catherine Street West near the corner of McGill College Avenue.

William Murray, Section Chief for prevention at the Montreal Fire Department, says the operation involved about 105 firefighters and 31 vehicles.

He says the cause of the fire is unknown, but they suspect it's of a criminal nature so the investigation has been handed over to Montreal police.

Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada
Stéphane Grégoire/Radio-Canada

No one was injured, and the fire is now under control.

In a tweet Sunday morning, Glenn Castanheira, the executive director of downtown Montreal's merchant's association, said the group was urging authorities for months to ensure the upkeep of buildings speculators abandoned.

"It is unacceptable that this practice is tolerated on the largest commercial artery in the country," he wrote.

"History is repeating itself."

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