Fire crews were on site of a fire on Hollywood Road North Friday evening. The site of the fire was blocked from public access to protect anyone in the surrounding area from potential danger.

Update: Fire department details Hollywood North fire

Firefighters took an hour to snuff flames on a storage container fire that closed roads in the industrial sector off Sexsmith Road Friday

  • Jun. 7, 2013 8:00 a.m.

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.

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