Montreal firefighters tore down a building on Papineau Avenue near Ontario Street this morning after it was gutted by a major fire late Friday night.

Around 50 firefighters and 13 trucks raced to 2077 Papineau Ave. around 11 p.m. ET Friday to put out the three-alarm blaze.

It took about two hours to extinguish the abandoned and vacant commercial building, according to the Montreal fire department's chief of operations.

Located near the onramp to the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, it bordered a parking lot and faced an apartment complex.

“The building that was touched by the fire needs to be destroyed,” said Const. Simon Delorme or the Montreal police.

Papineau Ave. was closed while crews tore down the building Saturday, but the road has since reopened. 

The area before the fire:

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