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Complex with motel, bar explodes in Quebec

Police tape demarking a crime scene.

JOHN LEHMANN/The GLOBE AND MAI

A motel-bar complex has exploded in Quebec, with the site now a burning heap of debris.

The violent eruption occurred at the Turco bar, north of Trois-Rivieres, and an enormous cloud of smoke could be seen billowing from the smouldering spot.

Some passersby say they heard two loud explosions.

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Ambulances are on the scene, although there are no immediate reports of fatalities.

The site is next to a quiet rural road and a perimeter has been set up around the area.

The establishment made news last year, when police arrested nine people in a series of drug raids. Two of the motel rooms were among the raid sites.

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