Yesterday’s industrial dock fire in Squamish is still smoldering, but officials are hopeful that the last embers of the blaze will be out by morning.
Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman explains the complexity of the wood pilings fire.
“The challenge is that the structure of the dock is such that it’s very tough to direct the water in underneath the dock. They’re actually bringing in a special crew that will actually start dismantling the dock from the water’s side that will help the crews get underneath to actually put the fire out.”
An air quality advisory remains in place for residents after the creosote smoke even though none of the Vancouver Coastal Health monitors indicate a health risk.
Heintzman says breathing in the soot from creosote smoke could be hazardous which is why an air advisory remains in place for the municipality.
“Just to let people know there’s an elevated particulate matter in the air and that elderly or young kids or people with chronic respiratory issues should take care and likely stay indoors.”
However, the other developing situation is officials recommend not consuming any vegetables from local garden plots until the results on the smoke toxicity are revealed.
“There has been some soot depositing in the areas so I think what Vancouver Coastal Health wants to do is analyze it before anyone eats anything out of the gardens just to be safe.”
The cause of the fire or extent of the damage remains unknown.