Wood-manufacturing plant goes up in flames in Kazabazua, Quebec


by admin on April 21, 2011

Firefighters from up the line battle a raging factory fire at Les Bois Heritage in Kazabazua, Quebec April 17. Photo by Wally Brownrigg

An early-morning fire April 17 completely razed a wood-manufacturing plant in Kazabazua, Quebec causing more than $1 million dollars in damage to the family-run business.

“Oh man, that was a fu**ing fire,” said Low resident Wally Brownrigg, who watched the fire burn all day as his son, Chris, battled the flames alongside four area volunteer teams called in to help the Low firefighters. “This is something you see in the movies. It was really something.”

According to Sgt. Ronald McInnis of the Surete du Quebec, police received the call at around 6:40 a.m. about a fire at Les Bois Heritage, a factory located just off Hwy 105, that specializes in moldings, interior and exterior finishes and kitchen counters.

He said the fire started in a storage area before it quickly spread to two large buildings, destroying everything in its path. Noone was hurt in the blaze.

“It was a big fire,” said Sgt. McInnis. “Firemen were still fighting it at 4 p.m.”

The cause of the fire is still not known and police and fire experts are investigating.

Brownrigg, meanwhile, was impressed with the fire crews’ working together so smoothly, especially since the four dozen firemen who responded all work on a volunteer basis. He said he was blown away by their organization and co-ordination, setting up pumps in nearby ditches and ponds for water.

“These guys were just terrific,” he said, showing off photos of the fire. “They were unbelievable. What a terrific crew.”