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Fire at Iroquois Falls paper mill

Extent of damage not known
2018-07-08 IF fire MH
Chrissi Demers shared photos of the Abitibi Commons fire on Facebook.

Crews battled a fire at the old paper mill site in Iroquois Falls last night.

Pictures posted on Facebook last night (July 7) show flames and heavy smoke coming from the mill.

People were also being encouraged to drop off bottled water for the first responders. 

Abitibi Commons was established on the site as a partnership between the community of Iroquois Falls and Riversedge Developments after the closure of the former Resolute Forest Products paper mill in 2014.

Riversedge purchased the property promising to work with the community on a redevelopment effort with the goal of spurring economic development.

The 80-acre property includes 50,000 square feet of warehousing space, an additional 53,000 square feet of office space, nine loading docks, rail access with a holding capacity of 32 rail cars, silos, clarifier units and 2,100 acres of potential farmland.

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