The cause ot the devastating fire in Port Colborne that wiped out Vinyl Works Canada has now been established by officials.


Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bendia released a statement to the media after the investigation by the Fire Marshall’s office, Port Colborne Fire, and NRP had been completed and says it is now believed to be accidental.

Investigators further say the fire was sparked a catastrophic failure of the electrical system and resulted in damages that are now estimated at over 3 million dollars.

Fortunately, there were no injuries reported as a result of the incident.

Original Release

Fire crews from Welland, Wainfleet, Fort Erie, and Pelham stayed on the scene through the night fighting an industrial fire in Port Colborne .

The company, Vinyl Works Canada at 2174 Barber Drive was completely destroyed after a huge fire ravaged the site. More than 50 firefighters from across the Niagara region responded to the blaze after Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services called for assistance.

Vinyl Works continued to burn through yesterday and the Ministry of Environment says air quality testing is within acceptable limits, but residents are still advised to stay inside and avoid the smoke if possible.

Officials will be back on scene today to continue monitoring the air quality.

Port Colborne fire fighters say they are are also working against the weather – their equipment is freezing up as the snow continues to fall.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and the amount of damage done is still to be determined.

Road closures are reported continuing on Barber Road and Second Concession along with Highway 140 and Second Concession until the scene is cleared by the fire service.

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