Leader

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Ontario, Canada Chemical Fire

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ontario, Canada Chemical Fire

    MIDHURST, Ont. (CP) - Fireballs and thick black smoke billowing
    into the air from a chemical fire forced as many as 500 people from
    their homes in this central Ontario community Monday afternoon.
    "About 200 homes - 400 to 500 people - were evacuated," Const.
    Tim Garland, a provincial police spokesman, said Monday night.
    "Most of them have been cleared to return home," Garland said.
    "We've kept an 800-metre radius cleared - it includes a few homes
    and some businesses."
    Springwater Township officials declared a state of emergency
    after the blaze broke out at about 2 p.m. at Philip Environmental
    Services.
    The company stores and treats hazardous waste and chemicals,
    including oil and paint.
    Police closed Highways 26 and 27 and surrounding roads for
    several hours.
    Springwater firefighters had the blaze mostly extinguished by
    4:30 p.m., although they were staying on the site through the night
    to deal with hot spots.
    No one was injured in the blaze, but its smoke and flames could
    be seen from kilometres away.
    "It was like the fireworks on Canada Day. That's what it
    reminded me of," said 15-year-old Chris Greiner.
    Residents said the heat could be felt at least 100 metres away.
    "There was a big ball of flames. You could see it from the
    sideroad," said resident Mike Wolfenden. "It was like a big
    mushroom."
    "That ball of flame blew way up in the air," said Terry
    Wolfenden. "I'm glad I'm not a a volunteer firefighter anymore."
    Water was of little use against the fire itself, which was
    contained in a structure behind Philip's main building.
    Firefighters spent most of their time pouring water on the other
    storage tanks to keep them cool and prevent the blaze from
    spreading.
    Oil, sawdust and some remnants of paint were what burned.
    (Barrie
    Examiner)


    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

300x600 Ad Unit (In-View)

Collapse

Upper 300x250

Collapse

Taboola

Collapse

Leader

Collapse
Working...
X