Wednesday, March 3

Lyster | A factory ravaged by flames, the community in shock

A fire ravaged the plant of the fiberglass materials production company Built Rite Trucks in Lyster, Center-du-Quebec, on Thursday evening. Beyond the material damage, this sad event caused a shock wave in this municipality of 1600 inhabitants.

Henri Ouellette-Vézina
Henri Ouellette-Vézina

“For us, it’s a page of history that has just turned tonight. The building is a total loss. There is absolutely nothing left ”, testified in the evening the mayor of Lyster, Sylvain Labrecque, in interview with The Press. Much more than a building, the factory had been part of the landscape for decades, recalls the municipal official, who spent his evening at the scene of the fire. “This factory had a great history,” he added.

This was declared in the early evening. A call was made to the local authorities of the MRC de l’Érable at around 7:30 pm Members of the Laurier-Station fire department then intervened. “At that time, we could already see flames coming out of part of the building,” says Mr. Labrecque.

Quickly, the fire then spread throughout the structure of the building, located on rue Bécancour, in the heart of the municipality. Fortunately, no injuries were recorded, as no one was inside at the time of the incident.

A production destroyed

To comply with the public health guidelines in force, the factory – which does not produce essential goods – had indeed greatly reduced its workforce. “It worked at a minimum, but it was supposed to start again from February 8. It’s really sad, ”noted the mayor, adding that in normal times, the company employs between 25 and 30 employees, much less than in the past.

The Town of Lyster, for its part, thanked the local firefighters for their excellent work under the circumstances. “It’s in the center of our village, so there are a lot of shops and residences nearby. They succeeded in preventing the damage, they made a very good job “, Sylvain Labrecque underlined on this subject.

The exact cause of the fire, which was declared “under control” late in the evening, is unknown for the moment. An expertise will be carried out on Friday to try to better understand the exact circumstances of the event.

A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec, Catherine Bernard, indicated that the police force sent patrollers on site around 8:45 p.m. to ensure the safety of the population and to divert traffic in the area.

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