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Eight hurt after fire at lumber-drying facility southeast of Quebec City


BEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Quebec provincial police say eight people were injured in an early morning fire at a lumber-drying facility southeast of Quebec City.

Provincial police say they received 911 calls around 7:30 a.m. for a fire at the company in Beauceville, Que., about 90 kilometres from the provincial capital.

Authorities did not have an update on the condition of the eight injured. 

The police major-crimes unit is on the scene and meeting with witnesses to determine what caused the fire.

Paul Morin, a spokesman for the city of Beauceville, said an emergency shelter was set up to take in anyone impacted by the blaze.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Hélène St-Pierre said firefighters, paramedics and police were at the scene, along with representatives of the province's workers health and safety board.

Town officials are asking residents to restrict water consumption until the fire is brought under control.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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