120 firefighters fight 5-alarm fire on St-Denis

A fire broke out in the cellar of the Universel restaurant on St-Denis Street, closed three blocks and cut power in the area Sunday morning.

Fire started in cellar before spreading up pipes of building

The fire started after 6:30 a.m. and sent 10 people from their homes. No one was injured. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada)

A fire broke out in the cellar of the Universel restaurant on St-Denis Street, closed three blocks and cut power to the area Sunday morning. 

The five-alarm fire in the building near the corner of Cherrier Street crawled up three floors, into the homes above, and forced 10 people out. No one was injured.

A restaurant is on the building's first floors, with apartments occupying the two storeys above it.

The fire started around 6:30 a.m. and spread through the building's pipes, which Montreal Fire Department Operations Chief John Primiani said is not unusual. He added that 120 firefighters were sent to battle the fire. 

Investigators are looking into the fire's cause, but do not believe it was criminal. (Mathieu Wagner/Radio-Canada)

"They're slowly getting it under control. There's still a lot of work to do, but I don't think [the building] will be a total loss," he said.

Fire department investigators are looking into what caused the fire. They are not considering it suspicious.