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Air quality over Six Nations/New Credit safe after greenhouse fire

Ministry of Environment officials say the air quality over Six Nations and New Credit has been monitored following the fire at Rosa Flora Greenhouses in Dunnville this morning.

Ministry of Environment officials say the air quality over Six Nations and New Credit has been monitored following the fire at Rosa Flora Greenhouses in Dunnville this morning.

The Ministry of the Environment says that the results of the air quality testing were consistent with a structural fire. Ministry officials told the Two Row Times, “There is nothing outside of the immediate fire zone that is a concern for air breathability.”

After reports were coming into the Ministry offices from Six Nations and New Credit, technical support teams were dispatched to both reserves for air quality monitoring. Results were “not of an elevated nature, and consistent those of a structural fire.”

There was quite a significant fire at Rosa Flora Greenhouses this morning. The fire department responded and asked the Ministry of the Environment to monitor air quality support. Due to significant smoke from the blaze, fire department recommended that residents and businesses in the area surrounding Rosa Flora  immediately to be evacuated as  a safety precaution.

OPP Constable Mark Foster said “The fire is almost extinguished. Air quality is being monitored by MOE and the Fire Marshal is on scene conducting an investigation into a possible cause. There are no results at this time.” Foster says “As of now here in Cayuga the fire smell is no longer distinguishable.”

Ministry air monitoring goes upwind and downwind to get a full picture of the air quality in the area following an event.

MOE representatives and the Fire Department are now concerned with what is happening with the douse water from the fire to make sure that it is directed away from creeks and streams. They have dug irrigation trenches and pumping trucks have been called in to remove any water that that could contaminate the local water table.

 

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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