Update from Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services:
Chatham-Kent Fire crews responded to 15 Erie St N, formally known as the Pogue with reports that a hydrogen sulfide detector had activated just after 8am this morning. Firefighters from Wheatley – Station 20 & Tilbury – Station 19 are currently on scene, along with Chatham-Kent Police Service, Chatham-Kent EMS, Enbridge Gas & Entegrus.
It has been confirmed that hydrogen sulfide gas is present in the building; however the source of the gas is currently unknown. Erie St N between Talbot St. and Elm St. and Talbot St. E between Erie St. to Little St. have been closed off with 23 residences and 13 business evacuated as a precaution, displacing 52 people. Municipal Housing Officers from Community Human Services are currently working with the displaced residents to provide emergency accommodation where required.
The Provincial Hazmat Team from Windsor Fire Rescue was on scene, surveying and testing the area to confirm the presence of Hydrogen Sulphide with samples of gas recovered for laboratory analysis. Requests for assistance to a number of Provincial Ministry Partners has been made.
Hydrogen sulfide gas is highly toxic, corrosive and extremely flammable, crews will remain on scene tonight to monitor gas levels and maintain the safety of the community. We appreciate the support and co-operation of the community during this time.