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Beloeil sports equipment factory goes up in flames

04/04/2015 01:02 EDT | Updated 06/04/2015 05:59 EDT
Firefighters are battling intense flames at a sporting goods factory on Montreal's South Shore that caught fire Saturday morning.

Plumes of thick, black smoke have been cast into the sky, resulting in bad visibility on nearby roads. Highway 20 is closed in both directions at the 110-kilometre mark.

The Mulligan International factory, near Highway 20 on De l'Industrie Street in Beloeil, Que., manufactures sporting goods and also recycles golf balls. According to the company's website, it recycles 27 million golf balls a year.

According to owner Michel Constantin, the fire started around 7:30 a.m. Saturday in his golf-ball recycling facility.

About 20 employees were inside at the time of the fire. One received minor injuries to the hands after trying to put the fire out with an extinguisher, said Constantin.

City spokeswoman Geneviève David said there is currently no concern for the air quality despite the fire.

About 70 firefighters from seven surrounding municipalities are still on the scene trying to put the fire out.

The damage has been pegged at over $2 million so far, and the building is being considered a total loss.

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