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.”

Video: The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Free film for Ridge residents to mark Plastic Free July

The Story of Plastic can be viewed for free on any device

Seniors tennis society of Maple Ridge looking for new members

Club accepts anyone over the age of 55 into their ranks

Maple Ridge conservation group frustrated with lack of communication by city

ARMS concerned proposed development along Alouette River will go to fourth reading

Ridge Meadows recreation re-opens

Maple Ridge fitness centre and outdoor pool re-open; Pitt Meadows opens sports fields to groups

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

COVID-19 exposure on Vancouver flight

The Air Canada 8421 flight travelled from Kelowna to Vancouver on July 6

Double homicide investigation leads Vancouver police to Chilliwack

A VPD forensics unit was in Chilliwack Saturday collecting evidence connected to East Van murders

VIDEO: Former Abbotsford resident giving away $1,000

Langley native Alex Johnson creates elaborate treasure hunt to give away cash

Tree planters get help with COVID-19 protective measures

Ottawa funds extra transportation, sanitizing for crews

UPDATE: Abbotsford shooting victim was alleged ‘crime boss,’ according to court documents

Jazzy Sran, 43, was believed to have been smuggling cocaine across the border

Most Read