As a preventive measure, around 600 people had to confine themselves, doors and windows closed in Sainte-Sophie in the Laurentians following a fire starting in a recycling plant.

Around 4 p.m., the fire department of the city of Sainte-Sophie was mobilized for a debris fire at the AIM recycling center Sainte-Sophie.

A total of 15 firefighters responded and the help of firefighters from Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines was required to obtain a tank truck.

No one was injured, and no material loss was deplored, said Pascal Grenier, director of the Sainte-Sophie fire safety department.

The Ministry of the Environment was notified and went to the site to analyze the air.

As a precaution, at 8:30 p.m., the 600 inhabitants of the surroundings were still confined with the order to close windows and ventilation systems until the analyzes were returned.

“Urgence-Environnement and the mobile laboratory TAGA (atmospheric gas analyzer) are mobilized”, indicated via press release the Ministry of the Environment which ensures that “all the measures required for the safety of the population and the protection of the environment are taken.”

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