An explosion at the Christ hospital has injured at least three children and injured a fifth, the hospital said Thursday.
The explosion occurred on the second floor of the hospital at around 2 p.m.
ET, according to hospital spokesperson Julie Legrand.
One child is in critical condition, while another was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Legrand said.
An investigation is underway.
Legrand says the hospital has no additional information about the cause of the explosion.
The hospital says it has been in communication with authorities in Quebec City and Montreal.
A spokesperson for the hospital told CBC News the hospital was closed Thursday.
A man is in custody in connection with the explosion at a Christ hospital.
(Facebook)”At this time we do not have any information about any other victims or injuries,” Legrand wrote in an email.
LeGrand says the explosion was caused by a fire inside the building.
The cause of Thursday’s incident was under investigation.
The Quebec provincial government says the investigation into the explosion is ongoing.
The provincial government’s social media department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Quebec City Mayor Xavier Bertrand called the explosion “a major tragedy,” adding that it was a “shocking event” that “will have a huge impact” on the city.
The explosion at one of Quebec’s largest hospitals was “a serious accident that should not have occurred in the first place,” Bertrand said in a statement.
The city is currently in lockdown following the incident, and there have been no reports of any injuries.
The Christ Hospital is Quebec’s only medical facility.
It opened in 1974 and has a capacity of 6,400 patients.
Last year, a similar explosion in the same building resulted in the deaths of at least four people.
“This incident is extremely concerning,” Bertrant said in the statement.
“It is unacceptable for any public facility to cause an accident.”
A spokesperson for Christ Hospital said the hospital is currently conducting an internal investigation.
Bertrand’s office did not return a request from CBC News for comment on the explosion and the investigation.