‘Controlled’ Fire on Ship Spitting Toxic Gas in Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard said Sunday that the fire on the cargo ship, which was spewing toxic gas, was “under control.” They are now planning to deploy firefighters to the ship to extinguish the remaining fire.

Zim Kingston is anchored in Victoria, British Columbia, in the Strait of Juan de Fuca that marks the maritime border between Canada and the Americas, according to marine tracking website MarineTraffic. The ship was bound for Vancouver when the fire broke out, and was reported to the Coast Guard at around 11 p.m. local time on Saturday, news media CBC News report.

A total of 16 people were evacuated from the ship. Five people are still inside.

The Canadian Coast Guard announced Sunday that the fires are now “contained.” However, a strong West Coast storm expected on Monday could derail plans to send firefighters to the ship.

According to Radio-Canada, 40 containers were lost in the Pacific Ocean in the incident. The Canadian Coast Guard and its American partners are working together to get it back.

The cargo ship was carrying more than 52 tonnes of chemicals, the media said.[ka/ab]

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