Chemicals stored illegally at site of north Regina fire
REGINA – A fire investigation has uncovered an unsettling discovery.
Last Wednesday just before 3 a.m. crews arrived to a storage lot on Winnipeg Street near Mount Pleasant Park to find a refrigerated semi-trailer and a car in flames. Investigators believe someone deliberately set fire the to car, which then spread.
On further investigation, officials say the property owner was also storing dangerous chemicals.
Fire Chief, Ernie Polsom, says a nearby semi trailer was stocked full of hazardous chemicals. Everything from old tires to propane cylinders were found at the scene.
Polsom says damage could have been much worse.
“All of these products and materials have specific requirements for storage under the Saskatchewan building code and the fire code,” he said. “The reason for that is when they burn they give off toxic gasses and smoke that create huge issues environmentally and for people.”
Regina Fire as well as bylaw officers are working with the property owner to properly dispose of the hazardous materials.