Investigation underway after industrial fire in north Edmonton
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 5:57AM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:10PM MDT
An investigation is underway into the cause of an industrial fire on the city's north side late Tuesday night, which has left some residents worried about the air they're breathing.
The blaze started in the area of 140 Street and 134 Avenue - firefighters were called to the area just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Large flames and black smoke could be seen coming from the CN storage yard.
Officials say it took about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control
Nearby glue drums were melted and Hazmat crews were called to the scene, as the material inside has been deemed “environmentally sensitive”.
"Obviously it's being monitored all night by CN, police, and Alberta Environment will make sure that the cleanup is done properly," said District Chief Dave Matwichuk with Edmonton Fire Rescue.
"There was so much smoke here and the smell of it was so bad," described Ali Bertrand who lives near the site of the fire.
The fire caused $100,000 in damage.
Alberta Environment says an investigator has been to the scene, but there's no update on how the glue chemical affected the environment.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
With files from Veronica Jubinville