Police confirm three people dead after fire Monday at Quebec lumber-drying facility

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BEAUCEVILLE, Que. — Quebec provincial police say three people have died after a fire at a lumber-drying plant southeast of Quebec City Monday morning.

Eight workers were transported to hospital on Monday with three succumbing to their injuries a day later.

The victims are identified as Jean Lachance, 51, from St-George; Mario Morin, 57, from Beauceville; and Martin Roy, 50, also from St-George.

According to the United Steelworkers, an explosion occurred after workers tried to bring a fire under control that had allegedly been sparked while subcontractors were carrying out repairs on the factory roof.

The province's workers health and safety agency is investigating, and the president of the union local said his members are in shock.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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