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August 20, 2008
City to complete clean up by this weekend
Toronto Mayor David Miller announced today that the City’s intensive clean up of the neighbourhood surrounding the site of the August 10 propane explosion will be completed this weekend.

“I would like to thank the residents of the area for the incredible patience and resilience they’ve shown over the past week and a half,” said Mayor Miller. “I’m also very pleased with the response of various City services, from Fire, Police, EMS and various City staff who have all worked incredibly well together to co-ordinate an unprecedented clean up effort in the neighbourhood.”

Cleaning crews have been working since Saturday afternoon and have been moving east from the site of the explosion on Murray Road towards Beffort Road. The crews are currently completing clean up in the areas east of Garratt Boulevard. By the end of today, crews will have completed the cleaning of the exteriors of 303 properties.

The crews are expected to have completed their cleaning activities by Friday and will return to the neighbourhood on Saturday to do one final sweep of the area.

Under the City’s direction, qualified licensed environmental cleaning companies have been completing the clean up. The total estimated cost of the clean up is approximately $1.5 million. The City will work with the Ministry of the Environment to determine the most appropriate way to recover costs related to the clean up.

Once the clean up crews leave the area, any residents who have concerns or believe they have any debris from the explosion on their property, should contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.

By this weekend, indoor air quality tests will have been completed in more than 35 homes, throughout the neighbourhood. All tests to-date have shown levels below and often well below acceptable Ontario government standards. Tests are posted on the City’s website as they become available.

For updates as more information becomes available, visit the City’s website at

Media contact:
Cheryn Thoun, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6501 (cell)



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