Fire broke out late last night in Cote Saint-Luc. At midnight flames could be seen rising from the roof of the Westminster Avenue home, near Mackle.

Montreal Fire Department dousing flames on Westminster Ave (Photo: Peter Kovac)

Montreal Fire Department dousing flames on Westminster Ave (Photo: Peter Kovac)

Cote Saint-Luc services quickly sprang into action with Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson taking charge of local crews. Public Security and volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) crews assisted with securing the area by blocking streets to vehicle access.

vCOP on scene at Westminster fire (Photo: Peter Kovac)

vCOP on scene at Westminster fire (Photo: Peter Kovac)

Near midnight power was cut to a wide swath west of Westminster and north of Kildare. An Emergency Call Out brought in extra vCOP volunteers who patrolled the darken streets until power returned about an hour or so later.

CJAD reports that work on the hardwood floors earlier in the day was likely the cause of an explosion in the home. Fire officials have warned that varnish on hardwood floors is dangerous work and the home must be well vented by opening windows. Also, gas must be shut off as the pilot light could ignite the fumes.

The Montreal Gazette reports that no one was home at the time of the explosion.

According to the Journal de Montreal reports that 30 firefighters were on scene. An investigation by the Fire Department will identify the cause of the fire.

CTV News has posted video footage of the firefighters at 5788 Westminster.

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