TABER - A fire that destroyed a large industrial building is considered non-suspicious, Taber's fire chief said, as crew members in protective gear continued to clean up potentially hazardous materials from the site.
"Through witness statements, and what we get from initial evidence, we've confirmed that this is not an arson-based fire," Steve Munshaw said Wednesday, Feb. 15, five days after an intense blaze broke out at the Flexible Solutions International building on 52 Ave. in the town's industrial area.
Munshaw said the cleanup of anhydrous ammonia and sulphuric acid was expected to be completed Wednesday, but couldn't say how long a full cleanup would take.
"This will be an ongoing job, because it was such a large facility and we have some environmental aspects to make sure we have covered," Munshaw told reporters. "We keep the community and the residents within that community safe. And that's going to take some time to get that confirmation."
In addition to FSI, two other tenants rented space in the building, Munshaw said, and a portion of it was vacant. A night watchman had an apartment in the building, he added.
The Taber fire chief pointed to melted pieces of steel as evidence of just how hot the fire burned. He said it required crews surrounding the site, with a mind to ensuring their safety "first and foremost." A total of 50 firefighters responded, coming from as far away as the MDs of Grassy Lake and Vauxhall, and six fire engines were at the scene along with other support vehicles.
One bit of good luck, he said, was that the wind held off and did not cause the fire to spread in a significant way.
Munshaw said a total estimate of the loss, and a cause and origin of the fire, were not yet known. He said those determinations would be provided to the property owners and insurers, but would likely not be released publicly.
'Experience is departing:' Alberta prosecutors worried as numbers dwindle
CALGARY — A provincial wage freeze and increased caseloads resulting from a Supreme Court...
READ MORE +
Canada's Mali mission will emphasize deployment of female peacekeepers
OTTAWA — The Canadian military's upcoming foray into Mali is expected to include a marked female...
READ MORE +
Local police looking to identify assault suspect with new composite drawing
LETHBRIDGE – Lethbridge Police are seeking the public's help to identify a suspect involved in an...
READ MORE +
Join the Discussion
We are happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules: Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards. See full commenting rules.