Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Is out after Tanker Truck and Rail Car Collide in Port Coquitlam, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Is out after Tanker Truck and Rail Car Collide in Port Coquitlam, B.C

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Fire is out after tanker truck, rail car crash

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PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - A spectacular explosion and fire, fuelled by ethanol, has been allowed to burn out in Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Residents were forced from the neighbourhood, a local mall was evacuated and the nearby Lougheed Highway was closed for several hours Monday night when a tanker truck collided with a rail engine, Fire Chief Nick Delmonico said Tuesday.

The crash between the double tanker and the rail engine happened inside the Canadian Pacific Rail yard at about 7 p.m. Monday, he said.

The truck's tank was split open and a spark from somewhere set off a blast and fire, Delmonico added.

"These fires are extremely dangerous. Obviously because initially, most times, you don't know what the product is until you get there," he said.

"Sometimes it takes some detective work to find out what it exactly is, so you're always concerned about both the explosive level of something like that and also toxicity for first responders. …

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