Woman in critical condition after fire in the Plateau

The fire broke out overnight at a three-storey residential building on Marquette Street.

Fire broke out overnight at a three-storey residential building on Marquette Street

Firefighters pulled a woman out of the building, and she was taken to hospital. (Alain Béland/Radio-Canada)

A woman was taken to hospital in critical condition after a fire broke out overnight at a building in the Plateau–Mont Royal neighbourhood.

Montreal police said they received a 911 call just before 3 a.m. about an explosion on Marquette Street, between Saint-Grégoire Street and Laurier Avenue.

But when the officers arrived, they said a three-storey residential building was on fire.

Firefighters pulled a woman, 63, out of the building, and she was taken to hospital.

Steve Fiset, an operations chief with Urgences-Santé, said the woman was found unconscious. 

"The firefighters did CPR on the scene," Fiset told CBC News.

Firefighters said the flames were shooting out of the third floor, which was severely damaged.

The ground and second floors sustained major water damage.

Flames were shooting out of the third floor of the building, firefighters said. (Lauren Mccallum/CBC)

A police officer was treated for smoke inhalation after rushing into the building, and another person sustained minor injuries.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, and Montreal police are investigating.

The street was closed off for parts of the morning, but has been reopened.

With files from CBC's Lauren Mccallum and Sudha Krishnan and La Presse Canadienne