Montreal

Fire in Southwest borough leads to discovery of possible drug lab

Firefighters received a call around 12:45 a.m. about a fire in a commercial building on Monk Boulevard near Jacques Hertel Street.

Firefighters come across apartment with lab instruments while tackling fire next door

The building was heavily damaged in the fire. (Alain Béland/ Radio-Canada)

A fire in Montreal's Southwest borough early Wednesday morning led to the discovery of what police say may be a lab for making drugs.

Firefighters received a call around 12:45 a.m. about a fire in a commercial building on Monk Boulevard near Jacques Hertel Street.

The building was heavily damaged in the fire, but there were no reports of injuries.

During the response, firefighters had to access an apartment in the building next door, where they discovered the possible drug lab.

"They discovered a room with instruments inside that could possibly serve (for) drug making," said Montreal police spokesman Const. Manuel Couture.

Police investigators were called in to determine the purpose of the instruments.

The cause of the fire is also under investigation.

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