MONTREAL - An east-end Kia car dealership was hit by fire early Wedneday, sending 30 firefights to extinguish a blaze reported at 3:48 a.m.

The two-alarm fire caused an estimated $50,000 to the building at 11700 Sherbrooke East in Pointe-aux-Trembles. The inventory of cars suffered about $100,000 in smoke damage inside the dealership.

The fire started at the back at the building, in the garage and was caused by factors still unknown, but the case has been handed over to Montreal police, arson is a possibility. 

The dealership had been the target of threats in recent times and several cars appeared to have had their tires slashed.

Another fire Tuesday night was put out at 181 Place Forest in Pont-Viau, Laval at 10:16 p.m. Tuesday.

The building contains eight units and about 20 were evacuated.

It apparently began when one woman dozed off with a lit cigarette. She was alone in the apartment and had no smoke detector. The heat of the blaze woke her and she suffered no injuries.

One resident suffered minor chest pains but was treated on-site.

The building suffered about $100,000 in damages, $40,000 of which to the unit where the fire started.

Tenants were not allowed to return last night and were sent to sleep elsewhere.

With a file from The Canadian Press