Breaking: Fire Next To Bell Centre Forces Evacuation And Road Closures
As of 5:30 this morning, a fire has broken out at the intersection of de la Montagne and St-Antoine, forcing evacuations and road closures in the downtown Montreal core.
There are 100 firefighters on the scene trying to control and put out the flames.
The 3-alarm fire broke out in an abandoned building across the street from the Bell Centre, and Lucien l'Allier Metro station. Flames spread to an adjacent building.
Francis Leduc, the fire department's head of operations, said that they had to evacuate people squatting inside the abandoned buildings, and nobody was hurt.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
Montreal police are asking the public to avoid St-Antoine Street, which remains closed between Peel and Lucien-l'Allier streets.
A perimeter was set up around the fire, resulting in closures of the surrounding streets.
By 7:10 AM the only street still closed to traffic is St-Antoine St.
Other streets in the area have since reopened.