CBC documentary producer Bob Carty looks into the biggest fire in Hamilton Ontario's history.
Between July 9th and July 12th of 1997, six hundred and fifty people
were forced to leave an industrial neighborhood in Hamilton. The reason
for the evacuation was the biggest fire in the city's history. It was
also the fourth-largest environmental disaster of its kind in the world.
The plastics fire at the Plastimet recycling facility involved
polyvinyl chloride -- PVC -- and spewed out toxic chemicals, including
dioxin. When CBC documentary producer Bob Carty looked into the fire, he
found it was no accident. It was the culmination of years of bungling
by many levels of government responsible for regulating and monitoring
industrial sites. His documentary won the Canadian Association of
for investigative journalism.
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