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January 23, 2013

Weekend blaze at Oshawa asphalt factory under investigation

OSHAWA, ONT.

The Ontario fire marshal's office is looking into what caused a fire at an asphalt plant east of Toronto that prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses.

Fire officials in Oshawa say firefighters will remain at the McAsphalt Industries Ltd. facility to keep an eye on hot spots until the investigation begins Monday.

The blaze broke out around 5:30 a.m. Saturday and burned for more than 12 hours in a building housing rubber and plastic products.

By midday, officials had shut down area businesses and advised residents to stay inside with the windows shut as heavy smoke filled the air.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Environment says air quality readings suggest there's no cause for concern.

Kate Jordan says two booms have also been placed in the harbour to prevent possible water contamination.

She says ministry staff will monitor the cleanup to ensure it's done properly.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2013

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