August 14, 2023
A fire broke out at a chemical plant in Toronto, Canada, at 1 a.m. on Friday and caused multiple explosions, local news reports shared.
Brenntag Canada, a leader in chemical and ingredients distribution with headquarters in Germany, owns the building. They produce petroleum-based fluids and chemicals at the site.
More than 100 firefighters, police, and paramedics assisted with controlling the fire, which sent thick black plumes of smoke into the sky.
Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop told reporters on Friday morning that the fire was out of control and it was a “full hazardous materials response.” At around noon, fire officials said the fire “for the most part is out now” and is under control with the exception of small spot fires.
After the fire broke out, police told nearby residents to close their windows and shelter in place. Nearby businesses and commercial facilities were also evacuated.
“It’s one of the most significant fires that we have seen in the city in the last number of years,” said Jessop.
Reportedly, the fire started in transportation trucks, and then moved to the building.
No injuries have been reported.
Toronto Wildlife officials say around 50 ducks may have been affected as a result of the chemicals leaking into a creek following the massive fire.
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