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Canada Gatineau homes evacuated after explosion, fire at abandoned factory

10:05  03 december  2017
10:05  03 december  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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A number of east Gatineau residents were evacuated from their homes Saturday night after an explosion and a major fire at an abandoned factory . Flames broke out at around 6 p.m. at the former Chantecler Windows and Doors factory on Rue Desrosiers, the city's fire department told

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Gatineau homes evacuated after abandoned warehouse catches fire© Stephane Beaudoin/Radio-Canada Gatineau homes evacuated after abandoned warehouse catches fire

A number of east Gatineau residents were evacuated from their homes Saturday night after an explosion and a major fire at an abandoned factory.

Flames broke out at around 6 p.m. at the former Chantecler Windows and Doors factory on Rue Desrosiers, the city's fire department told Radio-Canada.

Chief of Operations Stephane Denis said chemicals in the decommissioned plant caught fire, causing the explosion, and that a portion of the building had collapsed.

There were no reports of any injuries, Denis said.

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A number of east Gatineau residents were evacuated from their homes Saturday night after an explosion and a major fire at an abandoned factory .

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'Ominous' smoke cloud

The fire department is investigating the blaze, and Denis said the city's police force could take over if arson seemed likely.

Dale Kerr had just stepped outside of his house when he saw an "ominous" cloud moving quickly across the sky.

Kerr said he and his neighbour quickly decided to take a closer look.

"Within 15 minutes, the whole property had evolved into a pretty serious fire," he said.

"From what it looks like, the firefighters will be [here] overnight just to make sure that it doesn't spread."

Chantecler Doors and Windows ceased operations in 2016 and was dissolved on October 17, 2017, according to the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.

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