Not every HazMat response is actually a hazmat incident, which is why good training and having a plan is vital to quick resolution.
According to CBC News:
Toronto Street was brieflyÂ closed between Notre Dame and Wellington avenues on Wednesday afternoonÂ as fire and hazmat crews investigated a situation that police now say was a “non-event.”
Emergency personnel were called toÂ the 700 block of Toronto Street around 3 p.m. An area around an apartment block was cordoned off.
By 3:45 p.m., a Winnipeg police spokesperson saidÂ the incident was a “non-event” andÂ crews wereÂ clearing out.
A district fire chief at the scene told CBC News that a 911 call came in at 2:53 p.m. about five suspicious barrels inside the basement area.
Fourteen suites were evacuated, but fewer than 10 people were in the building at the time.
The barrels had labels saying they contained hazardous materials.
The fire chief said two crew members entered the building with a wireless camera to check out the barrels, which actually contained household items, clothing and tools.
The tenants have been allowed back inside the building.
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