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Man arrested after early-morning fire in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Montreal police

Montreal police are investigating after an apartment block caught fire in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve early on the morning of Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Montreal police are investigating after an apartment block caught fire in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve early on the morning of Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. TVA

Montreal police have made an arrest in connection with a potential incident of arson in a residential building in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Que.

Const. Véronique Comtois said that the Montreal fire department asked police for their assistance with the blaze shortly after 1:15 a.m. Monday.

Residents of the building, located on Lyall Street and Ontario Street East, were evacuated and the flames were brought under control after a short time. No injuries were reported.

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Comtois stated that accelerants were found on the scene, at which time firefighters transferred their investigation to the SPVM’s arson squad.

While their investigation on-site is still ongoing, Comtois confirmed that one arrest in connection with the incident has been made.

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A 44-year-old man was taken to a detention centre for interrogation.

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