Police investigate suspicious fire in Gay Village

Police are investigating a major fire that ravaged a two-storey building in Montreal's Gay Village early Thursday morning.

Case transferred to Montreal police after traces of accelerant found on the scene

About 100 firefighters were on the scene of a fire Thursday morning. It took them four hours to put out the flames. (Radio-Canada)
The fire broke out around 1:20 a.m. ET Thursday in a building at the corner of St-Timothée and Ste-Catherine streets. (Radio-Canada)
Police are investigating a major fire that ravaged a two-storey building in Montreal's Gay Village early Thursday morning.

The case was transferred to the Montreal police after traces of an accelerant were found in or near the back of the building.

It took about 100 firefighters four hours to put out the fire at the corner of St-Timothée and Ste-Catherine streets.

It began just after 1 a.m. ET Thursday in a mixed residential and business area of the Gay Village.

The flames gutted the second floor of the building.

A Pizza Pizza restaurant as well as at least one other business were heavily damaged by water and smoke.

One firefighter was taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Ste-Catherine Street East will remain closed to traffic between Amherst and St-André streets Thursday morning.