UPDATE: Fire ravages Cote-St-Luc neighbourhood

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    Courtesy for Rey Mena

      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.

      House is completely destroyed. pic.twitter.com/oaTNXjJzYg

      — Dave Kaufman (@TheKaufmanShow) February 24, 2014

      "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. 

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      1. Linda fernandes posted on 02/24/2014 08:23 AM
        The home that was completely destroyed in the fire belonged to my brother Dave, his wife reyhan and there 1 year old baby boy Dylan. They lost everything including id and were left with nothing but the clothes on their back but thankfully all got out safely. Any donations to help them out would be greatly appreciated. We are doing all that we can on behalf of their family however it's been very difficult for them. Thank you and please everyone take precaution when it comes to fire hazards all their lives were at risk including the fire fighters that graciously try to help save lives and protect. This is a very serious and tragic event to happen to a family that in most cases could easily be avoided. Raise awareness.
        1. Eliane posted on 02/24/2014 04:44 PM
          @Linda fernandes Hello I wud like to be able to contact Dave he knows who I am I really want to know how I cud help. Pls contact me ASAP to let me know. I really really want to help

          Thank you
      2. Myrna posted on 02/24/2014 09:37 AM
        Hi Linda,

        Sorry about what happened to your brother and his family. I have a queen size bed and a small night table I could donate. Let me know how to get in touch with you.

      3. Michal posted on 02/24/2014 10:05 PM
        Please send me an email with ur number I have lots of beautiful furniture I was gonna give away this week because I'm starting my renovations and would love to give it to ur brother !!! Tnx
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