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Wright Street fire leaves 8 homeless in Gatineau

Eight people are being helped by the Red Cross after an overnight fire at a commercial and residential building in Gatineau’s Hull sector.

Mixed-use Hull sector building burned for 6 hours before crews got it under control

Fire crews respond to a major fire at the corner of Wright Street and Carillon Street overnight. The first call came in around 10:20 p.m. Friday and it wasn't brought under control for six hours. (CBC)

Eight people are being helped by the Red Cross after an overnight fire at a commercial and residential building in Gatineau's Hull sector.

Fire officials said they were called to a three-storey building at 47 Wright Street around 10:20 p.m. Friday.

At its peak, there were 15 vehicles and 43 firefighters on scene. It took six hours to get the fire under control, according to officials, who said it destroyed five apartment units and the corner store on the ground level.

Officials say three people were inside when the fire started, but they were all able to get out safely. A total of eight people have been displaced.

The fire caused approximately $429,000 damage to the building and $268,000 damage to its contents.

The cause is under investigation.

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