A fire at a veal farm in Princeville, near Victoriaville, Sunday caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

The fire began around 1:30 a.m. and destroyed the main barn and heavily damaged two silos.

The barn normally houses calves but the animals had just been sent to slaughter.

Emergency responders evacuated 15 homes within a two-kilometre radius of the farm as a precaution against the possibility of exploding propane tanks on the farm.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes around 5:30 a.m.

The farm’s owners were off camping at the time of the incident.

Quebec’s provincial police believe an electrical problem might be responsible for the fire.