‘Hold your home windows closed’: Hearth in South Vancouver industrial space prompts warning about air high quality


Officers are warning residents about air high quality after a three-alarm hearth broke out in an industrial space of South Vancouver on Saturday.

Officers say the hearth broke out round 2:30 a.m. at a wooden recycling facility close to Ontario Road and Marine Drive.

The blaze was in a pile of wooden particles at an industrial property, in response to appearing Assistant Hearth Chief Andy Greenwood. A firefighting boat needed to be deployed on the Fraser River early morning.

“We’ll be right here all day,” mentioned Greenwood Saturday morning. “We’re doing our greatest to get this underneath management. However within the meantime … shut [your] home windows in case you can.”


On Saturday afternoon, Metro Vancouver issued an air high quality advisory for the area and the Fraser Valley resulting from smoke from the hearth, in addition to from wildfires within the southern Inside.

“Appreciable smoke … is trapped close to the floor by an inversion,” mentioned a spokesperson from the regional district.

“Smoke from the hearth is impacting a number of municipalities together with Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Surrey, and Coquitlam.”


Investigators are actually on scene attempting to find out the reason for the hearth within the woodpile, in response to Greenwood. No accidents or threats to close by companies had been reported.

“Any smoke is harmful particularly to these with respiratory points,” a tweet from Hearth Chief Karen Fry learn.

“Hold your home windows closed, keep away from being exterior or exercising within the smoke.”

The Metro Vancouver spokesperson mentioned smoke is extra more likely to have an effect on these with power diseases, pregnant individuals and infants, and older individuals. They mentioned further smoke can also be more likely to arrive on Sunday from wildfires throughout the U.S. border.

A number of firefighters pour water on a large blaze concentrated on some wood debris.
The hearth broke out in an industrial space close to Ontario Road and S.E. Marine Drive on Saturday morning. (Vancouver Hearth and Rescue Companies)


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