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Wood manufacturing plant explosion injures eight in Canada

21 September 2021

An explosion and fire at a lumber plant in Quebec, Canada injured eight people on September 20. Two people received treatment at the scene while six others suffered serious burn injuries and had to be transferred to a specialist trauma unit at a hospital in Quebec City.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The incident happened in Beauceville, around 50 miles (80km) southeast of Quebec City. Local authorities said that three of the injured were in critical conditions following the explosion that occurred at around 07:30 local time. The regional health authority, CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches, attended the scene along with the provincial police service, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

The SQ told local media that repairs were being conducted on the roof of the plant when the explosion occurred, however it is too early to say whether this was the cause. The company where the incident happened specialises in the drying and processing of laminated wood.

Firefighters also attended the scene to tackle a blaze caused by the blast. Surrounding buildings were also doused in case the fire spread beyond the impacted factory.

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