02/18/2015 06:44 EST | Updated 04/20/2015 05:59 EDT

Varennes fire under investigation by police

A fire has destroyed a home in Varennes, an off-island suburb of Montreal.

The building on Ignace-Hébert Street was being renovated and no one was living in it.

Passersby and neighbours alerted emergency officials at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after seeing flames.

The cause of the fire is not known. 

Police are investigating.