Cleanup of the site of the propane explosion and fire continues



    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - 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.

    
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