Major fire burning in downtown Montreal

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Thick black smoke can be seen in downtown Montreal, as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire.

Photos and video show the blaze near the top of the 30-floor Bell Media Tower on McGill College Avenue at Sainte-Catherine Street on Friday afternoon.

The building has been evacuated.

Montreal’s fire department said on Twitter around 5:30 p.m. local time that the fire had grown to a five-alarm blaze. They asked that people avoid the area.