16 devastating photos of the fire in Montreal's Chinatown

Nov 18 2016, 11:32 pm

A fire ripped through Montreal’s Chinatown district yesterday, destroying a historic building famed for hosting the first film screening in Canada.

Dating back to the late nineteenth century, the Robillard Building located at the corner of Saint Laurent and Viger was found ablaze in the late morning on Thursday, November 17.

Luckily, the building was vacant at the time so no lives were lost in this horrific incident.

The fire was first reported at 11:19 ET and police investigators are still looking into the causes of the event.

Over 50 vehicles and 120 firefighters flocked to the scene, spending over 4 hours putting out the fire, which produced smoke as high as 100 meters.

For those not in the vicinity, we’ve collected 16 devastating images of yesterday’s fire in Chinatown.

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