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Blowing smoke from fire at Oshawa asphalt plant closes local businesses

OSHAWA, Ont. – Emergency crews spent much of the day battling a large fire at an asphalt plant in Oshawa Saturday, officials said.

The fire, at the McAsphalt Industries plant located on Farewell Street near Highway 401, sent massive plumes of smoke billowing into the sky, forcing several local businesses to be closed.

Business on Colonel Sam Drive were closed due to the blowing smoke while residents in the area were being asked to keep their windows closed and stay indoors.

A caller to 680News described the scene from his North Oshawa home.

“I’m in the north end at Harmony and Taunton Road looking south toward the lake, and McAsphalt is burning good, it is thick, black smoke coming out of there and it is blowing east,” Justin Rahme said.

“The smoke is too thick to see anything,” Rahme added.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which began early Saturday morning.

Initial reports indicate that significant damage was done to the building, which firefighters are calling a write-off.

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