July 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Massive fire finally out at food processing plant in Ontario

Firefighting units from Windsor and the Lakeshore fire departments were sent to aid Tecumseh as part of a mutual aid agreement. (Tecumseh Fire Department)

Tecumseh, Ontario — Firefighters have extinguished a massive fire at the Bonduelle Food Plant Friday afternoon that caused a mandatory evacuation for nearby businesses and residents.

There were no injuries, officials said.

The blaze started at about 2 a.m. Friday at the facility at the intersection of Tecumseh Road and Lacasse Boulevard that cans and freezes vegetables. The fire was out by 1 p.m, said Tony Haddad, director of the Tecumseh Emergency Center.

“Fortunately the damage was limited to the warehouse portion, not the production facility,” Haddad said.

The 100,000-square-foot warehouse contained about 12 million pounds of frozen vegetables at the time of the fire, about 2 percent of the company’s annual production, Haddad said.

The evacuation order was lifted around 1 p.m. The road leading to the plant remained closed to traffic late Friday afternoon.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, Haddad said. The fire marshal will be on the scene Saturday.

The fire sent a huge black cloud thousands of feet over the Detroit/Windsor skyline Friday morning.

Residents in the general area of the fire were allowed to stay in their homes but advised to leave their windows closed against smoke, which has been declared to be nontoxic.

Firefighting units from Windsor and the Lakeshore fire departments were sent to aid Tecumseh as part of a mutual aid agreement.

Tecumseh Arena and a local high school were available to host displaced residents during the fire.

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