Police investigating attempted arson at Westmount pizzeria

The Montreal police arson squad is investigating an attempted arson in Westmount this morning.

According to the Montreal fire department, a call came in around 2:40 a.m. about a strong gas odour in the area of Sherbrooke Street near Prince Albert Avenue.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a window at Pizzeria del Nova was broken and gas on the ground.

Montreal police spokesperson Const. Benoit Boisselle says a carpet at the entrance of the pizzeria had been sprayed with gas, but no fire was started.

Boisselle said a preliminary hypothesis is that a passerby may have scared off the perpetrator. There was no damage to the restaurant. 

There are no suspects or witnesses, Boisselle said. Police plan to review security footage as part of the investigation.