Pair of fires leaves two families homeless and an old church scorched

A fire that swept through a Montreal North duplex left a family with seven children and a second family with three kids homeless Saturday morning. 

The blaze started in a bedroom on the first floor of the duplex located near the intersection of Dagenais and Monty. The blaze quickly spread to the second floor and then to the roof, leaving the two units heavily damaged. 

Officials say the first floor suffered the most fire, smoke and water damage and added that the second floor also suffered significant damage.  

No one was injured and the Red Cross is caring for the two families, including looking into arrangements for temporary housing. 

Meanwhile, a three-alarm fire gutted the interior of a historic church in the Ville-Marie borough Saturday night. Dozens of firefighters were dispatched to Côté Pierre Vicaire Episcopal church near Fullum and Lariviere streets.  

No one was injured, but extinguishing the fire proved difficult because of the abandoned building's size. 

* With files from CTV Montreal