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Chemical smell over Six Nations from Rosa Flora fire

A chemical odour filled the air over Six Nations this morning after a raging blaze destroyed the Rosa Flora greenhouse in Dunnville.

SIX NATIONS – A chemical odour filled the air over Six Nations this morning after a raging blaze destroyed the Rosa Flora greenhouse in Dunnville.

“It was so strong, when I went outside this morning it burned my nose,” shared one community member.

“It took my breath away,” shared another female from Six Nations this morning.

Two Row Times spoke with Jeffrey Knapper, District Manager of the Hamilton District for the Ministry of the Environment this morning and he was not surprised the odour had travelled so far.

“It was a large structural fire, given the winds and all that I’m not that surprised.” said Knapper.

At this point there are no updates on the source of the distinct chemical smell. “Our air monitoring equipment has just arrived down there, and we are in the process of determining what that [odour] is.” said Knapper.

OPP are estimating the damages to the Rosa Flora greenhouse to be in excess of $10 million dollars. Rosa Flora reportedly employs 150-200 people in the Dunnville area.

Some of the people on Twitter in the local area have been sharing images of the scene:

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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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