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September 5, 2008
Cleanup of the site of the propane explosion and fire continues
On August 29, 2008 the City of Toronto announced that it was immediately taking over the cleanup of the site of the August 10, 2008 explosion and fire. The site includes the private property on which Sunrise Propane was operating. The cleanup of the surrounding neighbourhood was also previously taken over by the City and was completed on August 22, 2008.

On Monday, September 8, 2008, as part of the work being done at the site, workers will begin releasing the pressure in tanks that contain harmless pressurized gasses. These gasses are oxygen, nitrogen, helium and carbon dioxide. None of these gasses are flammable and therefore there is no danger of an explosion or fire from these gasses.

While the gas in the tanks is not dangerous, it is necessary to empty the tanks and eliminate any possibility that the lids on the tanks could become dislodged. This work is a safety precaution that will ensure the site remains safe.

Releasing the pressure in these tanks creates a noise that is similar to a train whistle. Residents close to the site will hear the noise and others further away may hear nothing. None of these gasses can be seen in the air and none of the gasses create any smell.

The work will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m. this Monday and run until approximately 4:30 p.m. and then 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day following until the 800 to 1000 tanks are emptied. The work will take place each day until completed.

Both the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Environment are aware of this work and the Ontario Fire Marshal and Toronto Fire Services continue to remain onsite.

A flyer will be delivered door-to-door in the neighbourhood on Monday morning to let residents know that this work is being done.

Residents with any questions or concerns may speak to fire officials at the 64 Murray Road fire command centre.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, 416-919-6500 (cell)



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