Fire destroys former Saudi Arabia embassy building in Gatineau

Police in Gatineau say a major fire that broke out overnight at a building that once belonged to the Saudi Arabian Embassy could be suspicious.

Police say they found signs of break-and-enter at abandoned building

Police say a fire that destroyed an abandoned Saudi Arabia embassy building in Gatineau could be suspicious. (Jérémie Bergeron/CBC)

Gatineau police say a major fire that broke out overnight at a former Saudi Arabia embassy building could be suspicious.

The fire started in the abandoned building at 478 Aylmer Road at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, officials told CBC News.

Firefighters battle a suspicious fire at a former Saudi Arabian embassy building in Aylmer. (Radio-Canada)

Fire crews remained on Aylmer Road for much of Saturday morning as flames and heavy smoke could be seen emerging from the building.

Firefighters on scene told CBC that the building had been completely destroyed by the blaze.

Gatineau police said they are treating the fire as suspicious due to evidence of a break-and-enter.

No injuries have been reported.

Worth at least $1.5 million

According to the city of Gatineau's assessment roll, the two-story house was built in 1930 and is still the property of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

It is believed to be worth at least $1.5 million, according to municipal documents.

Aylmer Road was closed to traffic Saturday morning between Victor Beaudry and Golfe streets.


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