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Cause of Port Metro Vancouver fire still unknown

Vancouver: Authorities still had no official answers on Monday as to what caused last week’s 24-hour chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver.

The Centerm terminal, location of the fire in a closed container from China, resumed operations by Friday night, meaning the whole port was back to work for the weekend.

Three other terminals had returned to business earlier on the Friday following Wednesday’s four-alarm fire which caused evacuations and sent a cloud of white smoke over the city.

Vancouver Fire & Rescue and Transport Canada are conducting the investigation.

Port spokesman John Parker-Jervis announced on Monday that a backlog of unloaded cargo related to the fire closure had been cleared by adding an extra shift on Sunday.

No official cost has been put on the fire which damaged containers in the Centerm terminal and caused the shutdown of rail, truck and marine traffic in the area. Some container ships had to wait two days to get to the dock.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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