MONTREAL – Two commercial buildings were damaged by suspicious fires early Monday, in the north of Montreal.
In both cases, calls to the 911 telephone exchange alerted the authorities. No injuries have been reported and no evacuation was required, but no arrests have been reported.
According to the Montreal Police Service (SPVM), the first fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. in a building on rue Fleury Ouest located near the intersection of rue Meunier, in the Ahuntsic district.
After controlling the flames, the firefighters of the Montreal Fire Service (SSIM) found a can of gasoline in the rubble.
The damage to the building is considerable.
And around 2:00 am, another fire started in a commercial building located at the intersection of rue Jarry Est and boulevard Pie-IX, in the Saint-Michel district.
In this case, the firefighters quickly put out the fire; the damage caused to the building is minor.
Witnesses said they saw three men flee when the fire started.
The firefighters have handed over the two files to the SPVM’s arson squad investigators, who will examine the sites later today to clarify the circumstances of the events, in particular to determine if a link can be established between them.
The Canadian Press