A factory fire in Beauceville, Quebec sent a column of black smoke into the sky Monday morning. The municipality took to social media to ask residents in the area of the fire to close their windows and vents as a result.
Photos shared with Narcity Québec show the size of the smoke cloud and part of the emergency response.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hélène Saint-Pierre told Narcity that the provincial police force received a call about the fire at 7:30 a.m.
"We have eight people who were injured and were transported to hospitals or who went there by their own means," Saint-Pierre said.
Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Narcity reports.
"We know that the building was being renovated, so is there a link to the incident? That's what the investigation will determine, but for now, it's too early to say what the cause is," Saint-Pierre explained.
Officers have located the all-terrain vehicle thought to have been used by the suspect and said Wednesday night that he and 3-year-old Jake could now be travelling on foot or in a different vehicle.
The SQ also said Wednesday that the suspect is potentially armed. They've implored the public to report any sightings or suspicious activity by dialling 9-1-1 and to avoid the sector of Sainte-Paule, Quebec, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent to avoid inadvertently impeding the search.
An updated physical description of the child was also released early Thursday morning.
Police believe the child is wearing a "blue T-shirt with silver stripes on the sleeves and the bottom with an inscription of the number 6 or 9 in a blue camo pattern," dark blue jeans and beige boots.
"We are asking people to focus on the physical and clothing descriptions of the persons being sought," the provincial police force said on Twitter.
Because Quebecers have to mostly stick to domestic travel for the time being, the police force is expecting even more people to take to the roads this year.
And the additional traffic can be deadly.
The SQ says "the construction vacation period is the time of year when fatal and injury collisions are highest."
It counted eight deaths due to collisions in its jurisdiction during the two-week vacation period last year, according to the news release.
"We remind you that helmets must be worn by all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts and that it is strongly recommended to wear a personal flotation device at all times when boating," the provincial police force added.
The property, which is listed for sale at $19-million, is located in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville neighbourhood on avenue Jean-Bourdon near boulevard Gouin. The mega-mansion is pictured above under construction in 2019.
"We received at around 11:30 p.m. a 911 call that two people were breaking into a private entrance under construction," explained the SPVM. Officers noted that a fire was engulfing the property and they called the Montreal fire department.
The SPVM is not ruling out that this was arson and is pending a report from its arson squad.