Fires in Port-Cartier: a plan to evacuate inmates from the penitentiary

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The Port-Cartier penitentiary has a maximum capacity of 237 inmates. (Archive photo)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Luc Tremblay-Rim


Posted at 11:20 p.m. EDT

Inmates at the Port-Cartier maximum security detention facility could soon be moved due to forest fires threatening the region.

The Correctional Service of Canada confirmed to Radio-Canada that a plan is in place to not compromise the safety of the public, our staff or offenders in our custody.

To do this, the Correctional Service says it is working with the City of Port-Cartier and Public Security of Quebec and Canada.

Several fires are raging in the MRC of Sept Rivières, three of which are a few kilometers from Port-Cartier.

At least two of them are not under control and have progressed quickly towards the city, several sectors of which have been evacuated.

Around 1,000 people have already been evacuated.

The Port-Cartier penitentiary has a maximum capacity of 237 inmates.

The families of those incarcerated will be notified as soon as possible of where the prisoners will be moved.

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