Huge fire erupts at Port Coquitlam rail yard causing evacuations and highway closures

Jan 23 2018, 5:48 am

A huge fire erupted this evening just after 6:30 pm when a tanker truck carrying ethanol gas hit a rail car at the Canadian Pacific Railway yard in Port Coquitlam.

Police have evacuated the area around the incident, spanning roughly one kilometre in radius.

The City of Port Coquitlam and CP Rail have confirmed that there were no toxic materials being carried, and no injuries have been reported.

Lougheed Highway is currently closed in both directions from Shaughnessy Street to the Oxford Connector until further notice.

Officials say the fire is under control and crews remain on scene and are monitoring the situation. Anyone evacuated outside of the 800 metre radius can return home, but they are reminding all residents to stay indoors and avoid the area.

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