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Cargo ship fire triggers toxic cloud alarm off Canadian coast

The coast guard said the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kilograms of chemicals, which triggered an alarm due to the formation of a cloud.

The coast guard said the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kilograms of chemicals, which triggered an alarm due to the formation of a cloud.

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The Canadian coast guard released the details of the incident in the ship “Zim Kingston”, which loaded more than 52,000 kilograms of chemicals and had sailed for Vancouver, which experienced a moment of panic after a fire that caused a cloud of toxic gas on the Canadian Pacific coastand.

Initially, the coast guard reported that “the ship was on fire and giving off toxic gas,” in a navigation warning and adding that the ship remained anchored off the coast of British Columbia.

Before the mishap, the rescue body reported that 16 people were evacuated from the ship “After the fire broke out in 10 containers.”

While it was mentioned that the situation did not appear to present risks on land, such as a spill or a toxic tide, “Strong gusts of wind are expected in the region” on Sunday night and “teams will monitor air quality both in the water and from shore”Noted the Canadian Coast Guard.

There is currently no security risk for people on the coast, but the situation will continue to be monitored”, He posted on official social networks.

It should be noted that the passage of “Zim Kingston” already accumulated risk situations, because last Friday, the United States Coast Guard reported the deployment of a tracking buoy to monitor 40 containers that fell while navigating rough waters, and currently float about 50 kilometers (27 nautical miles) off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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