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Strange gas smell was from grease manufacturing company: Toronto Fire

Last Updated Jan 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm EST

A Toronto Fire truck is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman

A grease manufacturing company is being blamed for a strange gas smell across the city overnight and into Wednesday morning.

Toronto Fire officials said they started receiving calls from residents in the Kipling Avenue and The Queensway area around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Between then and midnight, more than 60 crews — both fire and Enbridge — were dispatched to the area for similar calls. Officials said they received about 120 calls over the course of the night.

As the night went on, calls began coming in moving east across the city — moving from Etobicoke to all the way in the Beach area. By Wednesday morning, more calls came in.

Initially, Toronto police citing fire officials said the smell came from a sewage treatment plant that had been flushing its pipes. However, Toronto Fire would not confirm that information and said there were not able to identify the source of the smell.

Later on Wednesday, Toronto Fire later said the smell was coming from a grease manufacturing company on Titan Road, near Islington Avenue and Norseman Street.

Fire officials said the company undergoes a monthly manufacturing process and one of the ingredients used is the source of the smell.

Police have said that there was no danger to the public.