Demolition, Restoration To Continue At Bonduelle Plant

Monday July 21st, 2014

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The Bonduelle fire smoulders Friday afternoon in this photo taken from the McNorton Street hill

The investigation is over but officials won’t yet say what caused Friday’s $40 million blaze at the Bonduelle warehouse in Tecumseh.

The fire started around 2am Friday and was under control by the afternoon. Tecumseh Fire worked on scene all weekend to ensure hot spots were extinguished.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office completed its investigation on Sunday but the conclusion has not yet been disclosed to the Town.

The building was turned over to Bonduelle and the company will be caring out demolition and restoration works. During this process, officials say small pockets of ammonia may be uncovered.

They say any odours may be an irritant, but will be below the threshold for health concerns, according to the Fire Marshals’ Hazmat Specialist.

The blaze caused nearly $40 million in damages to dry and cold warehouses and destroyed around 20 million pounds of product.

The canning facilities, production areas and the mechanical room were preserved and some workers were back on the job Monday. The company tested production facilities on Sunday and will be restarting food production shortly.

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