The arson squad investigates three overnight fires

It was a busy night and will be a busy day for the Montreal police arson unit.

Police are looking into three fires overnight Monday, the first was in the South West borough and two others were in Rivière-des-Prairies.

A two-storey building on Laprairie near Saint-Patrick street caught fire shortly after midnight. The building was empty at the time, but the fire department believed the blaze was suspicious so the investigation was transferred to police.

The second fire was at the opposite end of the city in Rivière-des-Prairies.  A handful of calls came in around 12:30 a.m. about a vehicle on fire in someone’s driveway on Pierre-Baillargeon Avenue.

“The police officers think there was a fire object that was thrown to the vehicle, a compact car,” said Constable Simon Delorme with Montreal police.

Moments later, there was a similar situation on 22nd Avenue. This time reports of a car exploding then catching fire.

Police increased patrols in the area.

“Even if it is too early in the investigation to establish a link the two suspicious fires,” Delorme said. “There are different actions in place now by supervisors to have patrols in the borough and around the neighbourhood.”

There were no injuries in any of the fires.

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