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Port Metro Vancouver resumes full operations after chemical fire

The terminal owned by Dubai-based DP World added an extra shift to assist in clearing the backlog

VANCOUVER—Operations at Vancouver’s port have now resumed fully after a chemical fire tore through a shipping container earlier this week.

A spokesman for Port Metro Vancouver says the Centerm container terminal, where the fire started, opened to full operations on the evening of March 6.

John Parker-Jervis says the terminal owned by Dubai-based DP World has added a Sunday shift to assist in clearing the backlog.

He says Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and Transport Canada will both conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The container from China held a compound used for disinfectant and bleach, and it burned for more than 24 hours after going up in flames March 4.

More than a dozen people showed up at local emergency rooms with eye and lung irritation, and Vancouver Coastal Health spokeswoman Viola Kaminski said Saturday that there had been no new reports of anyone visiting hospital because of the fire.

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