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Fire at Beauceville lumber facility injures 8 people

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

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.

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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.

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

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