Montreal

Firefighters keep blaze on busy Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue street from spreading

The fire broke out Tuesday morning on the upper floors of a building located on St-Anne Street.

Fire broke out Tuesday morning on the upper floors of a building located on St-Anne Street

The building where the fire broke out houses Marco's Restaurant on the ground floor and a couple of apartments above. (Steve Rukavina/CBC)

Around 80 firefighters were needed to extinguish a fire on Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue's commercial street.

The fire broke out Tuesday morning on the upper floors of a building located on St-Anne Street that houses Marco's Restaurant on the ground floor and a couple of apartments above.

The building was empty when it went up in flames and nobody was injured, according to Francis Rillart, operations chief for the Montreal fire department. Firefighters had not determined a cause by Tuesday afternoon.

As firefighters were battling the blaze, the roof collapsed. Rillart said firefighters were forced to back away and focus instead on preventing the fire from spreading to the neighbouring buildings. 

"We had to fight the fire from the street because it was too dangerous for the fire department [to get closer]," Rillart said.

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