'Catastrophic electrical failure' caused Port Colborne warehouse fire

Officials say the fire at Vinyl Works Canada caused about $3 million in damage.

Officials say the fire at Vinyl Works Canada caused about $3 million in damage

A "catastrophic failure of the electrical system" caused a fire at Vinyl Works Canada in Port Colborne, investigators say. (Shane Murphy)

A "catastrophic electrical failure" caused a fire at a Port Colborne patio furniture warehouse this week that resulted in about $3 million in damage.

Town officials said late Thursday that investigators from Niagara police, Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal looked into what caused the Feb. 6 fire at Vinyl Works Canada.

The fire started in the south west quadrant of the plant, officials say.

"At this particular stage of the investigation, we have no concerns that this is anything other than an accidental fire brought about as a result of potentially the catastrophic failure of the electrical system," said Manny Garcia, a supervisor with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal.

At its height, more than 50 firefighters were fighting the fire, and crews pumped water from the nearby Welland Canal to extinguish the flames.

The fire caused a plume of smoke so large that nearby residents were warned to stay indoors.