Firefighters are battling a building fire in Montreal near the Olympic stadium in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. The first alarm rang earlier today at around 2:00 p.m. In the last hour, four more alarms have rung, making this officially a five-alarm fire.
The cause of the fire is still unclear. The flames can be seen from several blocks away, and smoke is billowing out of the top of the building. Officials are asking people to avoid the area.
The blaze can be seen in this video submitted to MTLBlog by an anonymous source. Heavy smoke can clearly be seen belching out of the building. It is unclear if this is a residential building or an office building.
The building is located at the corner of ave Letourneaux and rue Deguerre, one block south of the Olympic Stadium. A public school is also nearby.
As of right now, there are no reports of any injuries.
feu de bâtiment - LETOURNEUX/ DAGUERRE- cinquième alarme - Merci d'éviter le secteur https://t.co/j270knZpMP— Sécurité incendieMTL (@Sécurité incendieMTL)1557428159.0
The Tweet reads, "Building fire - LETOURNEUX/ DAGUERRE - fifth alarm - Thank you for avoiding the area."
Photos from people on the scene show the extent of the five-alarm fire.
Incendie dans Hoshlaga @MTL_SIM #MONTREAL #CHIEFMILLER #FIRE https://t.co/fxYNvZCh68— N.K Quatre (@N.K Quatre)1557424719.0
As of right now, the exact cause of the fire is unknown. We reached out to the fire department for comments but they were unavailable at the time of our call.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.