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Monday, February 12, 2001

Montreal fire forces schools to close

LACHUTE, Que. (CP) -- Fire struck at an industrial complex on Monday morning, sending thick smoke into the sky and forcing nearby residents to leave their homes.

The fire began in a paper-products company in Lachute, about 70 kilometres northwest of Montreal, and spread to adjacent businesses.

Environmental experts were on hand because of fears the blaze might spread to a nearby plastics company. The cause of the fire wasn't yet known.

Town officials also closed some schools.

"Some elementary-school students have been relocated to another school," said Mario Fournier, a Lachute spokesman.

About 20 homes were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Nobody was injured.

-- Rachel Gibson (, February 13, 2001

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