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Saturday July 19th, 2014

Posted at 8:38am

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Last updated:  Saturday July 19th, 2:01pm.

Damage could exceed $40 million to the building and contents of the Bonduelle Foods plant in Tecumseh after it went up in flames Friday.

Fire crews continued Saturday pouring water on hot spots using hand lines, but the aerial operations have now ended.

Tecumseh Road East is open to traffic again, but Lacasse street remains closed.

The Ontario Fire Marshall investigators have arrived to begin their investigation and heavy equipment is being used to pick the scene apart as they look for the cause.

Bonduelle had said in a statement Friday afternoon that the cause of the fire may be electrical, but fire officials have made no comment on the possible cause.

The fire which broke out in the warehouse section of the building around 2am Friday morning sent heavy black smoke across the town. The smoke could be seen as far as west Windsor and Detroit.

At one point Tecumseh officials announced an emergency evacuation for around 1300 residents in the area and declared a state of emergency after a small ammonia leak on a line inside the building.

Fire crews were called from Windsor, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Kingsville and Amherstburg to assist Tecumseh fire crews.

 

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