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A body has been discovered in the rubble of a residential building destroyed by fire in Montreal's north end.

The fire erupted Monday morning, and by the afternoon, authorities confirmed that a person living in the three-storey building was missing.

A body was found after several hours of searching, but there was no immediate information on the victim's age or gender.

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Police are investigating the cause of the blaze, which they earlier said might have been caused by some sort of explosion.

The fire in the city`s Villeray district sent up a cloud of smoke that was visible several kilometres away.

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