Canada cargo fire could impact 30,000 people

Written by Staff Writer Two containers on a cargo ship off British Columbia are on fire, and authorities say the fire could impact the 30,000 people who live in nearby Vancouver Island. Two 140-foot…

Canada cargo fire could impact 30,000 people

Written by Staff Writer

Two containers on a cargo ship off British Columbia are on fire, and authorities say the fire could impact the 30,000 people who live in nearby Vancouver Island.

Two 140-foot cargo containers caught fire Thursday after being unmoored from the Hoegh Osaka, which was bound for Japan, Canadian Coast Guard Captain Marc Cote said in a phone interview.

“It’s an unmoored ship. So those containers that were released from that container are still onboard the ship,” Cote said.

“It’s really just a matter of time before the container damage happens and an evacuation is really needed.”

Cote said it will be up to a salvage team to work to get the container units extinguished. “It’s a delicate operation because there are still some hazardous items in that container,” he said.

Some of the smaller containers are perhaps five feet in diameter, and the bigger containers are maybe 13 feet in diameter, Cote said.

The Hoegh Osaka, which is an Hoegh Autoliners ship, collided with another cargo ship around 7:45 a.m. local time.

“There was a 2-meter-wide hole in the ship that does, of course, impact the cargo,” Cote said.

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