Police are investigating a suspected arson that left Laval's Le Cardinal golf in ruins overnight.

Despite the work of dozens of firefighters, the fire destroyed the main clubhouse and cost at an estimated $2 million in damages, according to Laval's chief of police.

The fire department received the call at about 11 p.m. Monday night.

"Once a few feet inside the first door, [firefighters] noticed a very strong smell of gasoline," said Laval police Const. Franco Di Genova.

Later, officials found a gasoline canister on the site.

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It took firefighters three hours to bring the fire under control on Monday night. (CBC)

Laval Fire chief Louis Boucher said some 40 firefighters battled the flames for three hours before they were brought under control.

The lack of fire hydrants on the grounds complicated the situation for firefighters, who had to use tanker trucks to transport water to the site.

The fire continued to smoulder early Tuesday morning.

Police investigators headed to the scene on Tuesday morning, but Di Genova said they will have to wait for the fire to be completely put out.

"What we got from the fire chief is that it’s still way too hot for them to start searching," Di Genova said.

No one was injured in the fire.