Sunday, August 10, 2008

Propane Explosion in Toronto

Residents 'Very Lucky' After Massive Explosion At Propane Facility
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from http://www.citynews.ca/
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Sunday August 10, 2008
CityNews.ca Staff
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" A huge swath of northwest Toronto has been evacuated following a six-alarm fire early Sunday morning.
The blaze was triggered by a massive explosion at a propane facility that sent huge plumes of smoke into the air and scattered debris for kilometres.
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The building, belonging to Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases, blew just before 4am on Murray Road near Keele and Wilson. It's a supplier of nitrogen, propane and helium. There were workers inside the building at the time. It's not known if they made it out, or even how many were there.
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Miraculously, no fatalities have been reported, and authorities want to keep it that way. However, at noon, one person was still unaccounted for."
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The rest of the story can be read here.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV5udSWJcZo
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Also from CTV:
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080810/to_explo_080810/20080810?hub=TopStories
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Thank you to the brave firefighters and police personnel who have been working so diligently to protect the citizens of this area of Toronto. Stay safe.
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UPDATE:
Firefighter without vital signs after propane blaze.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080810.wexplosions0810/BNStory/National/home
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FURTHER UPDATE:
Firefighter Found Without Vital Signs Succumbs Following Massive Blast
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http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_25625.aspx
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REST IN PEACE
Bob Leek
http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_25625.aspx
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Bear((( )))

5 comments:

Daryl said...

I have a tremendous admiration for both fire and police people ...

Oh Bear, I did the dream thing and entered shoes and handbags and it kept morphing and never did stop at a dream image I could take a screenshot of .. but it was fun .. sort of like a kalidascope (sp?)

:-Daryl

Kay Dennison said...

How awful!!!!

I will pray!!!

i beati said...

terrible really

Al said...

What disgusted me was that city councillor Shelley Carroll, "acting Deputy Mayor" on tv blamed this on the homeowners who bought homes "that encroached on an industrial area".

While the industrial area was there first with WWII industries and later with places like the Tesky Construction cement loading location, those homes have been there for probably 5 decades while Sunrise Propane maybe one decade.

Why does the city permit dangerous stuff like this to be ADDED to a location right across the street from a residential area?

And for Councillor Carroll to blame the residents is nothing short of absolutely disgusting.

It's no wonder so many people have lost any respect for politicians.

Wendy said...

How terrible! And sad. God Bless....