Antifreeze had been pooling on the surface of a nearby ditch after last Wednesday's fire at the Yarrow Esso gas station. Results from water testing of the ditch are due Friday.

Antifreeze had been pooling on the surface of a nearby ditch after last Wednesday's fire at the Yarrow Esso gas station. Results from water testing of the ditch are due Friday.

Test results on Yarrow gas station fire due Friday

A quantity of antifreeze that escaped from a Yarrow gas station fire into a local ditch, west of Chilliwack is no longer pooling.

A quantity of antifreeze that escaped from a Yarrow gas station fire into a local ditch is no longer pooling on the surface.

“Visual inspection indicates that there are no longer pools of antifreeze, it was either collected last night or has been diluted by now,” said city spokesperson Starlee Renton.

Water samples have been taken from the ditch by City of Chilliwack staff to “confirm” that the water is safe.

“We expect to receive those results back by the end of Friday and will provide another update for affected properties,” said Renton.

The chemical product runoff, a coolant based on ethylene glycol, travelled from the fire site into the ditch system, which is on a combination of private land and Crown land.

City officials are handing over the management of the remaining cleanup operation, including assessment of environmental impacts to the Ministry of Environment, to coordinate with the ditch system owner and ESSO.

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