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Confidential report: Sunrise Propane blast possibly caused by gas hose leak

In Canada on August 4, 2010 at 21:05

Confidential report: Sunrise Propane blast possibly caused by gas hose leak

Nazir A. Syed for National Post

Nazir A. Syed for National Post

Toronto firefighters rushed to propane tanks on fire at the Sunrise Propane company that exploded in the early hours of Aug. 10, 2008.

  August 4, 2010 – 10:42 am

The CBC has reported the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office does not know precisely what caused the 2008 explosion and fire at the Sunrise Propane fueling site in the the Toronto’s north end.

In confidential documents obtained by the broadcaster, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office reports that gas hose leak and a “mechanical failure” contributed to the blast, but the immediate cause of ignition is still – and could remain – a mystery.

Explosions at the site rattled northwest Toronto on the morning of Aug. 10, 2008, killing Parminder Singh Saini, a Sunrise Propare employee, and damaging homes, business and public buildings in the vicinity. District Chief Bob Leek, a 25-year firefighting veteran, was killed battling the blaze.

According to the CBC:

The report says an illegal “tank-to-tank transfer was in progress at the time of the accident” and a propane leak resulted from a hose failure.

About six minutes before the explosion, the leaked liquid propane turned to vapour, the report says. That vapour cloud ignited, but the investigators said they don’t know the exact cause.

In a statement, Ward 9 Councillor Maria Augimeri said the the report is “a clear indictment of the provincial government and its failure to assure community safety,” and she calls for stricter regulation of the propane industry.

“The OFM report serves to…reinforce our prior conviction that industry should not govern itself,” she said.

She said the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, the agency that monitors the storage and distribution of gas on behalf of the Ontario government,  takes a “cavalier attitude” towards community safety and that it operates without the interests of community residents in mind.

Complainants have filed a major class-action lawsuit against Sunrise Propane and the site’s proprietors.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/03/sunrise-propane.html#ixzz0vdvrAfWp

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