Toxic smoke did flow from a fire off Hollywood Road North that had firefighters and police closing roads in the industrial sector off Sexsmith Road Friday afternoon.
The fire was contained to a Sea Can container, an industrial crate similar to a shipping container, but strong winds blowing toward the university had rescuers concerned there could be a risk to the public if chemicals were involved.
“Upon arrival, KFD crews found thick black and yellow-green smoke coming from a construction trailer,” said Dale Calhoun, Kelowna Fire Department platoon captain, in a release issued late Friday evening.
The yellowish-green smoke proved to be from spray-on insulation in the walls of the container, which produces “a very toxic smoke,” according to the release.
Fire crews were initially concerned for a number of buildings surrounding the container, given the strength of Friday’s winds; but no other structures were damaged in the blaze.
Personnel on scene said the container appeared to be empty, but it proved to be dry storage for a business and firefighters spent several hours removing product to allow it to cool.