A car fire in the Montreal Gay Village forced police to close a one-block radius to traffic on Friday evening.\nThere have been many car fires in Montreal in recent years, usually due to mechanical issues. They are sometimes the result of criminal activity.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nA car fire in the Montreal Village caught the attention of pedestrians along the crowded rue Ste-Catherine this past weekend.\nUPDATE: The SPVM confirms that the car fire was not the result of criminal activity.\nEARLIER: Details are few, but witnesses say that smoked filled the street for several minutes before flames began to appear under the car hood.\nPolice officers who were already in the area ran to the scene in order to create a perimeter and keep pedestrians away. Streets and sidewalks within a one-block radius were closed to traffic.\nFirefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, but the fire created a dramatic scene beneath the "rainbow balls" of rue Ste-Catherine, which is closed to vehicular traffic for the summer.\nThe circumstances of the fire are unclear. We have reached out to the SPVM for more details and will update this article with more information as it becomes available.\nA video shared with MTL Blog by an anonymous source shows the fire before firefighters arrived.\nView this post on Instagram This video shows a car fire on the southeast corner of rue Ste-Catherine and ave. Papineau in the Montreal Gay Village on Friday night. The circumstances of the fire are unclear, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. Video submitted to MtL Blog by an anonymous reader. A post shared by MTLBlog News (@mtlblog_news) on Aug 12, 2019 at 6:13am PDT\nThis incident took place on the southeast corner of ave. Papineau and rue Ste-Catherine.\nGoogle Maps\nMontreal locals know that car fires are weirdly common in the city. Most incidents occur due to mechanical issues or, in the winter, exhaust pipes that are blocked with ice or snow.\nOccasionally, however, car fires are the result of criminal activity.\nIn 2017, ant-gentrification activisits began a series of fires in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Henri to deter developers and an influx of wealthy inhabitants.\nIn December of last year, the SPVM released a video that shows three individuals set a car on fire in Ahuntsic. One of the amataur arsonists is blown to the ground by the subsequent explosion.\nYou can watch that video below:\nStay tuned for more information on the latest car fire in the Montreal Village.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in Montreal, send us a message, photo, or video @MTLBlog on Twitter and Instagram.