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Massive fire at Oshawa plant prompts warning

Smoke billows from a fire at the McAsphalt Industries Ltd. plant in Oshawa on Jan. 19, 2013. Courtesy of Greg Linton via Twitter

Durham police are advising residents in Oshawa to stay indoors because of smoke from a large fire at an asphalt plant.

Nine fire crews were called to the McAsphalt Industries Ltd. building on Farewell Street around 5 a.m. The massive blaze was reportedly contained around 3 p.m. Crews will remain on scene overnight to extinguish on hot spots.

The Oshawa Port Authority said the warehouse, which contained dry bulk products, was destroyed.

Businesses on Farewell and Colonel Sam Drive were evacuated.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Police are asking people who live south of Bloor Street, from Harmony Road to Courtice Road, to keep their windows closed and stay inside if possible until the smoke goes away.

The evacuation and shelter for the area was lifted around 8 p.m.

The Ministry of the Environment said will monitor air quality and the cleanup.

“The Port Authority will be working with McAsphalt, fire officials, and all agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Environment in its air quality, fire suppression water analysis, and site cleanup,” Donna Taylor, CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority said in a release Saturday.