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Two teens questioned in connection to Snowdon Theatre blaze

MONTREAL – Police are meeting with two teenagers in connection to the fire at Snowdon Theatre.

Police are searching for a third suspect.

READ MORE: Montreal firefighters battle blaze at iconic Snowdon Theatre

Fire officials said a supper-hour blaze that tore through the historic theatre Saturday was a case of arson, owing to the building not being connected to sources of gas or electricity.

The three-alarm fire started on the second floor of the theatre, and took around 70 firefighters to get under control.

There were no reported injuries.

WATCH BELOW: Harvey Kofsky shares his experiences at the Snowdon Theatre.

Many Montrealers have lamented about the sorry state of the theatre as it had been abandoned since the city kicked a local gymnastics club out two years ago.

It was once a booming theatre in the area, providing an experience usually reserved for big theatres downtown.

It is now up for sale.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: City puts Montreal’s historic Snowdon Theatre up for sale

The blaze also caused the evacuation of the nearby Snowdon Deli, another Montreal institution.

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2 dead, venomous snakes found in package at post office

WASHINGTON – Two dead venomous snakes were found in a package in a western Pennsylvania post office earlier this month, U.S. federal authorities said.

The box shipped from the Philippines to the Beaver County post office was declared as containing T-shirts, The Beaver County Times reported.

Capt. Thomas Christ of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said a waterways conservation officer opened the box and found two venomous pit vipers, both dead.

WATCH: Climate change could bring poisonous snakes slithering to Canada: study

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Pit vipers find their prey and places to hide by sensing heat. There are more than 150 species of pit vipers. Officials didn’t reveal the exact kind of snake, but said they believe the reptiles were alive when they were put in the box.

Additional snakes were found at the home of the person to which the box was addressed, Christ said. He said he could not say what the person intended to do with the snakes if they had arrived alive. U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities are investigating.

Mailing an animal is a federal offence, and in Pennsylvania, a permit is required to buy a snake, said Henry Kacprzyk, curator of reptiles at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

“On a legal end, it’s not something that is a moneymaker,” Kacprzyk said.

Kacprzyk also said that brining an exotic snake from another country is dangerous, since hospitals carry antivenom antidotes for venomous snakes common to the United States but don’t have antidotes for those from other countries.

“People are taking risks,” Kacprzyk said.

“People assume if they get a bite, they can go to the hospital, and that is not the case.”

You can now own your own ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Firebird

The Bandit is back! (Well, at least the car is.)

Trans Am Depot unveiled a new limited edition replica of the signature car from the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” at the New York International Auto Show this week.

Brothers and founders Scott and Todd Warmack convert 2015 Chevrolet Camaros into their own modern day vision of the Pontiac Firebird. The Firebird and Camaro were sister cars introduced by General Motors in 1967 and manufactured until 2002. GM re-introduced the Camaro in 2009 but left the Firebird behind.

Trans Am Depot has teamed up with Burt Reynolds and will produce just 77 “Bandits”, a number that ties in well with the original.

“’77 was the year the movie came out,” another Todd said. “It was the model year of the car used in the movie.”

Reynolds will put his John Hancock on each every car.

“Well you’ve got it, whether you want it or not,” he quipped.

While it will look similar to the original there are a few tweaks to the design.

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Designer Kevin Morgan created a special logo in commemoration of the car and they have also boosted the engine as well.

The original firebird would have offered less than 185 horsepower whereas Trans Am Depot’s is capable of 840.

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“It’s like an airplane on the ground,” Reynolds said.

The car will also feature seats designed to match the 1978 version of the Firebird.

“In terms of just romantically, it certainly has a nice big, front seat, you know what I mean,” Reynolds hinted”.

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Family of Chase Martens “completely devastated” after toddler’s body found

WINNIPEG —; The family of Chase Martens is “heartbroken” and “devastated” after the two-year-old was found in a creek near Austin, Manitoba after an exhaustive five-day search.

The toddler was last seen on Tuesday evening in the front yard of his family’s rural home.

Thousands of searchers combed the area around the clock until his body was discovered on Saturday afternoon at around 1 p.m.

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In a statement on behalf of the Martens family, Canadian Centre for Child Protection thanked the community for their support.

“The family of Chase Martens is completely devastated as they come to grips with the tragic loss of their little boy,” the statement read.

“[The family] would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the RCMP, Manitoba Fire Commissioner and the caring and generous community volunteers who searched around the clock. ”

“While [the Martens] are completely heartbroken, they have been overwhelmed by the love and kindness our community has shown their family.”

The statement also said the family is asking for privacy in this time.

RCMP say foul play is not suspected in the case but the investigation hasn’t been closed and an autopsy will be performed.

LATEST: Chase Martens’ body found after 5 days, no sign of foul play: Manitoba RCMP

Condolences have been pouring in for the Martens family.

Reaction to Chase’s death has also come quickly on social media.

A vigil is being held in Austin at 6 p.m. on Sunday in honour of Chase Martens.