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October 5, 2004
Toronto Fire Services responds to explosion in Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue area
The following information was faxed to media outlets yesterday evening by
Toronto Fire Services.

Toronto Fire Services responded to the report of an explosion at Philteck
Manufacturing, 225 Wicksteed Ave., at 1:45 p.m. on October 4.

Upon arrival, crews observed a blown-out window at the front of the
manufacturing facility, the result of a small explosion. The explosion appeared
to have been caused by a runaway thermal reaction in the manufacturing process
and the chemical involved was identified as silicone.

During the process of stabilizing the situation, a secondary explosion occurred
as a result of the silicone forming an insulated barrier over the material that
was involved in the thermal reaction and causing a build-up of gas.

Toronto Fire crews applied water and carbon dioxide extinguishers to the
manufacturing vat to cool the process down and stop the thermodynamic reaction.

No one sustained injuries and crews monitored air quality with no signs of
contamination and there was no run-off from the vat to endanger the environment.

As of 6:15 p.m. on October 4, the scene was stabilized, downgraded to a single
truck situation and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.

Media contact:
David Sheen, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9317, 416-468-9978 (pager), 416
578-4316 (cell)



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