Massive Fire at Mississauga Battery-Recycling Plant Not Deemed Suspicious


Published August 30, 2019 at 4:23 pm


An absolutely massive fire that closed roads and left hundreds of GO Train riders stranded has been deemed accidental. 

Carol Gravelle, a spokesperson for the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, told that the office can say that the blaze at the Tonolli Canada battery-recycling plant was accidental in nature.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined. 

“The investigation continues into the cause of the fire,” Gravelle says. 

“When investigators were onsite, they got samples that will be sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences for further examination. The investigation will continue off-scene.”

The fire began at the Dixie and Dundas-area plant in the afternoon hours of Aug. 21. Shortly before rush hour, Peel police said that Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services were battling the fire and that multiple roads were completely closed as a result.

The plant and surrounding buildings were evacuated, and nearby residents were asked to keep their windows closed to prevent smoke exposure. 

The fire, which sent massive plumes of black smoke into the air, took 16 hours to contain. 

No injuries were reported in connection with the incident. 

The blaze also caused chaos for commuters outside the area, as a number of Milton line GO Trains were cancelled due to safety concerns.

Gravelle says the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

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