A suspicious fire has destroyed the building that used to house the Carignan flea market, south of Montreal, forcing road closures because of billowing smoke. 

Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Police say they received a call at 5:26 p.m. and when firefighters arrived on the scene they found the entire building in flames. 

"We’re talking about an old wooden building, so it’s going to be a complete loss," said Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Police ​Cpt. Harry Wadup. 

Wadup said the market has been closed since December 31, 2012, and as far as they know, nobody was hurt in the fire. 

Because of the size of the fire, neighbouring fire departments were also called to help.

Road closures

Flea market fire

The large amount of smoke forced Quebec Route 112 to be closed between Bellerive and Bellevue roads. (Alain Beland / Radio-Canada )

Police closed Quebec Route 112 in both directions between Bellerive and Bellevue roads because there was so much smoke.

Wadup said drivers were rerouted though residential neighbourhoods.

He said the fire appears to be suspicious and officers will remain on site overnight until investigators arrive in the morning.