Canadian Plastics

Enviro-Tech fire causes evacuations

A massive fire on August 15 at the plant of plastics recycler Enviro-Tech Plastics Ltd., in Amherstburg, Ont., forc...

August 21, 2006   Canadian Plastics

A massive fire on August 15 at the plant of plastics recycler Enviro-Tech Plastics Ltd., in Amherstburg, Ont., forced almost 400 residents to evacuate their homes.
The fire began shortly after noon, and grew to the size of almost two football fields and consumed an estimated 90,000 square feet of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) in the trash outside the plant.
Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Detroit.
Approximately 80 firefighters were required to battle the blaze, which was brought under control by early evening. One firefighter reportedly suffered a minor foot injury.
There were no reports of any injuries among the Enviro-Tech employees.
Residents were allowed back into their homes later that same afternoon, when officials had determined that smoke from the blaze was not toxic.
The exact casue of the fire has not yet been determined.


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