Smoke filters into the air above downtown Vancouver

Smoke filters into the air above downtown Vancouver

13 admitted to, released from hospital after Port Metro Vancouver fire

Patients were suffering from respiratory tract, eye irritation and all have been released – a 'reassuring' result, says Coastal Health



Vancouver Coastal Health has provided its preliminary wrap-up after the fire at the Port of Metro Vancouver, which smouldered and smoked over downtown east of Main, north of Hastings, earlier this week.

Spokesperson Meena Dawar said 13 people were admitted, treated, and released from hospital, suffering from eye and respiratory irritation.

The blaze was a chemical fire that occurred at the Port’s Centerm terminal, which contained a hazardous compound called trichloroisocyanuric acid.

“We have very few reports of adverse health effects,” said Dawar on Friday. “Our emergency departments saw and treated 13 individuals with respiratory tract irritation as well as eye irritation… no one remains at hospital, and so it’s all very reassuring.

“We do expect some individuals to have delayed effects for up to 24 hours.”

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