Area evacuated as fire breaks out at Port Coquitlam rail yard

Area evacuated as fire breaks out at Port Coquitlam rail yard

A semi-trailer truck carrying ethanol struck a train at the rail yard in Port Coquitlam on Monday, causing a massive explosion and fire around 6:30 p.m., according to the city.

The Coquitlam RCMP evacuated homes and businesses within 800 metres of the blaze and shut down the Lougheed Highway between Shaughnessy Street and Coast Meridian Road until further notice.

A portion of the Lougheed Highway was closed both ways between Shaughnessy Street and the Oxford Connector.

There were no reported injuries and the city said on Twitter that the truck driver and rail employees "are all safe".

The highway re-opened around midnight.

He says his crews left early Tuesday after allowing the ethanol to burn off from the tanker.

While the chief said Monday evening that no homes had been evacuated, a spokesperson for the city later said about 200 people were ordered from their homes.


He said while there were no toxic chemicals onboard the train, the risk of additional explosions was still high, prompting the evacuation of several residences.

"There's other cars with other fuels..." Just before 10 p.m., the city announced the fire was under control. "We also have diesel tanks on the train that are a concern for us as well". "If they decide to go, there's a problem there as well".

Fire broke out at approximately 6:40 p.m. when a tanker truck carrying ethanol collided with a rail vehicle and burst into flames, sending flames and plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for kilometres.

Specialized foam trucks were called in from Abbotsford, the chief said. "[We're] trying to remove other stuff out of the way before we start trying to extinguish it".

According to other reports, the train hit the semi at the entrance to the yard.

Pictures from the scene on social media showed a sizeable blaze.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

How Arsenal Transfer News Affect Their Odds to Win?
Other players rumored to be destined for Arsenal include; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, from Borussia Dortmund, and Saul Niguez. If they are rumored to buy an elite player, during the transfer window, they play well which increases the odds of winning.

Online Sports Betting Market Growth
Benefits With the market high, sports betting is an activity that receives a high level of support from online betting companies. More betters are opting to forego the long lines at the cashier's counter and the unavailability of their favorite machines.

Do e-cigarettes help or harm? Jury's still out, panel says
However, there was equally strong evidence that e-cigarettes contain fewer toxicants and at lower levels than regular cigarettes. Although research is scant, the report did present more than two dozen findings about the effects of e-cigarettes on health.

Day Before "Padmaavat" Release, High Alert At Cinemas In 3 States
However, there is tension in the state and the present situation is because of the Supreme Court order allowing its release. Cops swung into action only after the mobs had unleashed violence on cinema halls and dispersed.

Karnataka: Kannada outfits call two strikes in state against Mahadayi river dispute
Repeated efforts by the state seeking Prime Minister's intervention to solve the issue, have also not been successful. Vatal further warned of staging a demonstration in New Delhi if the Centre was apathetic towards resolving the row.

Other news