A "suspicious fire" was put out early this morning in the Plateau at La Porte Rouge on Mont-Royal, according to the CBC.
Based on details in the article, apparently, a witness saw someone go into the bar and start pouring something the CBC called "accelerant" inside the bar before the fire began.
According toCogeco Nouvelles, this suspect is still wanted.
Feu de bâtiment - Mont-Royal / Papineau - Première alarme - Coupure de courant possible – Merci d’éviter le secteur. https://t.co/0bRQbdoYty— Sécurité incendieMTL (@Sécurité incendieMTL) 1557393902.0
RT:SMCharronRC: DERNIÈRE HEURE Montréal : Incendie criminel au bar «La porte rouge» de l’avenue Mont-Royal, près de… https://t.co/pygxDyccfK— Mathieu Wagner (@Mathieu Wagner) 1557400325.0
The Tweet above was sent out by the Montreal Fire Services this morning.
The photos above show the impact of the fire this morning on the Plateau bar. Below is the Google Street view of the location before it was destroyed.
With the windows blown out, it looks like much of the bar is completely destroyed and will likely be closed for the foreseeable future if they do intend to re-open.
Montreal police investigating suspicious fire on Mont-Royal Ave. | CBC News https://t.co/TYQ7BiTGUP— Kristy Snell CBC (@Kristy Snell CBC) 1557400777.0
Fire heavily damages resto-bar on Mont-Royal Ave. near Papineau Ave. in the Plateau neighbourhood. @SPVM say witne… https://t.co/NO9YvUGS4Z— Kristy Snell CBC (@Kristy Snell CBC) 1557396201.0
Because someone was seen pouring something inside before the fire began, it makes sense that the Arson Squad is on-site and investigating further this morning.
Papineau was closed between Mont-Royal and de Lormier this morning while fire crews worked to put the fire out, and we will update you with any further road closures.
Incendie ce matin Mont-royal et Cartier. https://t.co/0GY98mD9fv— raouldesautels (@raouldesautels) 1557393500.0
Incendie criminel dans un bar du Plateau Mont-Royal (La Porte Rouge) https://t.co/0c8djedunY— Jean-Pierre Szaraz (@Jean-Pierre Szaraz) 1557403320.0
Based on La Porte Rouge'sFacebook Page, it looks like the bar celebrated their 10 year anniversary just last year.
We will update you with any news on the investigation of this fire or the nature of its origin.