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Historic building in Quebec City is nearly destroyed in a fire, collapses

One of Quebec's most historic buildings was caught up in a massive fire and collapsed late Friday. No injuries were reported, police said.

Witnesses said there was a fire, followed by an explosion at the Quebec City Armoury, which was built in 1884 and used to house the Voltigeurs, a Canadian Forces reserve unit and the oldest French infantry regiment in the country.

Most of the building collapsed about two hours after the fire began, leaving only a brick wall and two towers standing at the main entrance.

Police say they do not know what caused the fire. At least eight fire trucks and dozens of firefighters were battling the flames. The building, which was being renovated, also contained a museum.

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