Six people are still missing on Saturday after a large fire ravaged a building in downtown Montreal, Canada, earlier this week, police said. An investigation was opened by the SPVM's arson section to determine the origin of the fire.

This fire ignited early Thursday morning a 15-unit building in downtown Montreal. About 130 firefighters had to be deployed to control the flames in this late nineteenth-century heritage building. "An intervention plan must be made to begin the work" of searching for the "six people missing," Jean-Pierre Brabant, spokesman for the Montreal Police Service (SPVM), told AFP. Firefighters, police and investigators have still "not managed to get inside the building because the structure is unstable," he said.

"For the moment, no death has been recorded," said Jean-Pierre Brabant. Nine people were taken to hospital and two remain hospitalized.

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