Cargo Ship Expels Toxic Gas off Canada’s Pacific Coast After Fire Broke Out

A cargo ship near the city of Victoria in British Columbia is expelling toxic gas after a fire broke out in 10 of its containers on Oct. 23, the Canadian Coast Guard said.

The Zim Kingston ship had been bound for Vancouver when flames erupted.

Two of the affected containers were carrying 52,000 kilograms of a dangerous chemical, the coast guard said.

“Due to the nature of chemicals onboard the container ship, applying water directly to the fire is not an option,” the coast guard said on Twitter.

The coast guard evacuated 16 people from the ship while five crew members remained on board to battle the blaze.

The coast guard also expanded an emergency zone around the ship to two nautical miles from the one mile a day earlier.

The coast guard also said that the smoke coming from the ship is being tracked from air quality monitoring stations around the Greater Victoria area.

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