Fire destroys part of Kazabazua furniture factory
A major fire early Sunday destroyed the storage area of a wood furniture factory about 100 km north of Ottawa, near Maniwaki.
Les Bois Heritage of Kazabazua manufactures panelling, moulding and household furniture.
No one was injured in the fire, but the company is an important source of jobs in the town, which has a population of about 850 people.
It's not yet known what ignited the fire.
It started in a storage area at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday—then with the help of strong winds quickly spread to two other buildings.
Henri Chamberlain, Kazabazua's fire chief, said it was one of the biggest fires in the small town's history. He said it's rare for them to see three buildings on fire.
The 50 volunteer firefighters were able to keep the flames from reaching the mechanical and manufacturing room – a silver lining for the more than 20 employees at Le Bois Heritage.
Local residents such as Alain Rochon said it's not just jobs they've lost, but people feel like the company is part of their family.
The Sûreté du Quebec has launched an investigation.
Damage is estimated at a couple of millions dollars, but the owners say they hope to rebuild soon.