May 27, 2014 3:26 pm
Updated: May 27, 2014 8:21 pm

Fire breaks out at IKO Industries, for second time in 2 months


CALGARY- Fire broke out at an asphalt plant in southeast Calgary on Tuesday afternoon, for the second time in just two months.

Fire crews were called to IKO Industries in the 1600 block of 42 Ave. S.E. just before 1 p.m., and found a working fire. Fire officials say asphalt and chemicals were involved, prompting an evacuation of the building.

The blaze sent thick plumes of black smoke into the sky, but was brought under control a short time later. Fortunately nobody was injured.

Fire crews are familiar with the plant, which also caught fire back in March. That time, flames engulfed the building, prompting an evacuation.

“We don’t want to make any assumptions, and we always allow our fire investigators to figure out what the origin and cause was, before we start making recommendations,” explains Carol Henke from the Calgary Fire Department.

So far, there is no word what caused the latest fire.

When contacted by Global News, IKO Industries said, “We have a small incident, and it’s being taken care of.”

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