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Fire erupts after propane tank explodes at Squamish scrap metal facility

Black smoke rises from a scrap metal recycling facility in Squamish Friday after a propane tank exploded. Twitter/@BeefChalet

A propane tank explosion at a Squamish scrap metal recycling facility caused a major fire Friday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to ASM Squamish Scrap Metals in the 1000-block of Industrial Way around 4 p.m., where thick black smoke could be seen coming from the roof.

Squamish Coun. John French rushed to the scene and saw several fire crews and police, who set up a perimeter a block away from the industrial park.

“There’s a thick rubber smell,” French said. “There’re more crews showing up and spraying water on the building.”

There are no reports of any injuries from the explosion or the fire. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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Jon Hewitt, who works across the street, said a piece of equipment similar to an excavator was lit aflame and damaged during the fire.

Around 5 p.m., Hewitt said crews had mostly gotten the fire under control but were still spraying the scene.

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Squamish Fire Rescue said road closures in effect around the area have been removed.

They added there was no air quality advisory in place due to the smoke.

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