Large fire in New Brunswick causes air quality problems

Large fire in New Brunswick causes air quality problems
Large fire in New Brunswick causes air quality problems

BATHURST, NB — A fire at a construction materials warehouse in northern New Brunswick briefly forced a handful of residents from their homes and triggered an air quality advisory, which remains effective Sunday.

A large fire broke out Saturday evening at an Eddy Group warehouse in Bathurst. The local fire department warned community members around 10 p.m. to avoid the area of ​​Rue Sainte-Anne.

Firefighters issued an air quality advisory for the area and some residents near the warehouse were asked to evacuate.

The City of Bathurst posted on social media that it had set up a shelter at a community gymnasium for displaced residents. This was then closed around 3 a.m. because people were going home or found other places to stay.

On Saturday evening, photos on social media showed huge plumes of black smoke filling the air.

It is not yet known what caused the fire and whether there are any injuries.

In a video statement posted to Facebook Sunday morning, Bathurst Mayor Kim Chamberlain said the gym had been reopened for those who wanted to spend the day away from the fire site.

“If anyone is concerned about the air quality or if you have difficulty breathing, we are here for the day. Come join us if you have any concerns,” she said.

The Canadian Press


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