Chemical fire in east Edmonton

Fire now under control after an early morning blaze broke out at Integrative Protective Coatings Inc. — an industrial building near 50th Street and 72nd Avenue.
Firefighters responded to the industrial fire around 5:00 A.M. Saturday. (CBC)

A two-alarm fire broke out at an industrial building near 50th Street and 72nd Avenue early Saturday morning.

Someone noticed flames and smoke coming from Integrative Protective Coatings Inc. just before 5:00 A.M.

"[The] arriving crews said there was flames and smoke coming from the roof," said Deputy Fire Chief Jim Henderson.

Additional crew and rigs were then immediately called in to help combat the blaze, he said.

It took about 60 firefighters almost three hours to get the chemical fire under control, said Henderson, adding that the chemicals present on site made the fire burn very hot.

However, Henderson says the chemicals present — primarily paint thinner and other coating agents — do not pose any threat.

"It more or less burns off," he said.

Lee Dela Cruz is a cook at Roughneck’s Restaurant located a few blocks back from the fire.

He was surprised to hit police roadblocks on his way into work this morning — but it didn’t take him long to realize what was going on.

"I didn’t see the active fire, but there were thick billows of smoke from the building," he said.

Henderson estimates crews will remain on site for several more hours as they work to put out the remaining flames and overhaul the structure.

No one was injured in the fire.