Massive blaze after train collides with gas tanker in Canada (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The fire in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia occurred when a train collided with a fuel truck near the yard's northern entrance, a spokesperson for Canadian Pacific Railway said, as cited by the Vancouver Sun.
Nearby homes were evacuated as local fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze. "We have evacuated the immediate area,” said Cpl. Michael McLaughlin of the Coquitlam RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
Lougheed Highway was also closed as a precaution, and to give firefighters space to work.
“No one is hurt at this point,” McLaughlin said. He added that, although flammable materials were involved, there did not appear to be any hazardous or toxic materials, and there is no health risk.
The fuel truck involved in the collision was carrying ethanol gas, according to the Canadian Press.
These aerial photos of the massive @CanadianPacific blaze in Port Coquitlam are coming from #Chopper9 photog @Choppermurman. Residents are still being evacuated—though no injuries are reported. CP says one of its trains made contact with a tanker truck at around 6:40pm. pic.twitter.com/u57dWI9eG0— Sarah MacDonald (@CTVSarah) January 23, 2018
Port Coquitlam Fire Chief Nick Delmonico said firefighters were letting the fire burn itself out. “We have a fairly extensive fire and we’re trying to remove hazards from the area (and) other trains in the yards with other types of dangerous goods,” he said. “We’re letting the fire burn at this point and trying to remove other stuff out of the way before we start trying to extinguish it.”
A foam truck and trailer was dispatched from nearby Abbotsford to help contain the blaze, according to Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.