Fire !

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by Grizzy, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Grizzy

    Grizzy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Bye bye blackmac

    Residents of a section of Oshawa, a city located east of Toronto, have been told to close their windows as crews battle a fire — and possible toxic smoke — in an industrial plant.

    Black, thick, billowing smoke from the fire in the southern part of the city can be seen kilometres away — and health offices are warning it may contain carcinogens.

    The fire is burning at McAsphalt Industries which contains rubber and plastic products.

    The smoke can be seen blowing across Highway 401 and drifting towards Oshawa, and the nearby communities of Courtice and Bowmanville.

    Residents in the path of the smoke are being told to stay indoors and keep their windows closed.

    Officlals from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment have arrived to take air quality samples.

    As a precaution a number of businesses have been evacuated, including the General Motors headquarters.

    Darren Carl, who was driving on the 401 told CBC News he could see the smoke as far away as Bowmanville.

    Asked to describe the smell he said it's a very "thick odour" and it smells like burning asphalt or rubber.

    The McAsphalt plant is at the corner of Farewell Street and Harbour Road.

    The fire was first reported just after 5 a.m. ET.

    Oshawa Fire chief fire prevention officer Susan King said firefighters will probably be battling the fire throughout the night and into Sunday.

    As long as the fire is burning there will be smoke, King said.

    There have been no injuries reported.

    SURE SEAL 1-888-PAVEMENT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    McAsphalt Oshawa fire: It appears from pictures coming from the scene that only a finished product storage building is affected. All production and material storage tanks appear ok. Should not pose any issue with Black Mac product availability in the spring.

  3. Grizzy

    Grizzy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Hopefully they're ready for business by spring.
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  4. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,298

    Wow As if! That's intense, it must of took a while to put that fire out, BlackMac is a very very slow burning product.

    I hope it will still be available in the spring and also the prices will not be affected.

    But I am also preparing to switch over equipment, because I know one day they will ban BlackMac because of the carcinogens content found in the product that are released when sprayed.
  5. Grizzy

    Grizzy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    They confirmed its still available...

    Oil based will be for sure didnt know they made water based black Mac but it may not be.
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