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Arson squad investigating Saturday-night fire in downtown Montreal [Video]

MONTREAL –Montreal firefighters responded to a large fire overnight in an abandoned downtown commercial building. 

Authorities issued their initial advisory of a “first-alarm” fire at Sainte-Catherine W St. and McGill College Ave. at around 11:40 p.m. Saturday.

That classification was soon updated to a “fourth-alarm” blaze at around 2 a.m., requiring about 105 firefighters and 31 vehicles. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the case has been turned over to the Montreal police arson squad.

Large flames and smoke were visible from blocks away. The fire began next door to Montreal’s iconic, and now also vacant, “Super Sexe” club, which sustained some damage. 

There were no reported injuries. 

Firefighters remained on the scene Sunday morning to ensure the fire was out for good. Officials are asking people to avoid the area. 

Another view of Saturday night’s building fire on Sainte-Catherine St. and McGill College Ave. in downtown Montreal (Image courtesy of …

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