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Cargo ship catches fire, toxic gas released from chemicals mined off Canada’s Pacific coast

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16 crew members were evacuated from the ship, while five remained on the ship to douse the fire.

Victoria:

A container ship loaded with mining chemicals caught fire Saturday as it pumped toxic gas off the coast of British Columbia. The Canadian Coast Guard said it was working with the US Coast Guard to assess the situation, including environmental hazards.

The Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement late Saturday that 16 crew members were evacuated from the MV Jim Kingston, while five remained onboard to fight the fire.

Ten containers were burning, saying that the fire continued to spread but the ship did not catch fire.

The agency said it was working with its US counterpart to track down 40 containers that fell overboard, saying they pose a significant risk to sailors.

“Navals are advised to stay away from the area. At present there is no security risk to the people on the coast, although the situation will continue to be monitored,” he said.

A video obtained by Reuters shows flames rising in the water from the deck of the ship.

Jim Kingston reported on Friday that inclement weather had been encountered west of the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Surfrider President David Boudinot said, “This is extremely worrying. The ships and containers are very close to Victoria, BC, and a major storm is forecast tonight. We are… concerned that this could be another environmental disaster. Is.” Foundation Canada, an environmental organization.

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