A major fire broke out after an explosion at a home under construction on Tommy Douglas Street at the corner Abraham de Sola shortly after midnight Monday morning.
The fire was completely out around 6 AM and the investigation was transferred to the arson squad with Montreal police.
The blaze spread from the building under construction to neighbouring homes. Damaging six in total and leaving 20 people on the street.
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"I can see probably three or four dozen fire fighters trying to put out a fire on a corner, it's a house that caught fire after a first house that was being built exploded," said CJAD's Dave Kaufman. "The house exploded [around midnight] and since then, a huge mobilisation by Montreal emergency service."
The couple living in the home that caught fire, next to the one under construction had moved there after getting married less than 5 months ago.
"We're trying to stay positive," the husband, Yakov Frankforter said.
His wife said she hoped firefighters could locate her wedding ring in the debris.
A neighbour living on the street for over 15 years told CJAD the home had been under construction for over two years and he was not surprised that the case was transferred to the arson squad.
"You see homes under construction and then it just stops, it had been like that for over a year, it makes no sense, looks to me like someone wanted to get paid," he said.
A fire chief estimated the damage was around 2 million dollars.
No one was injured.