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Fort Erie chemical cleanup will take two more weeks to complete

FORT ERIE, Ont. – The private hazardous materials company hired by regional authorities will be working for about the next two weeks to clean up a chemical spill on Helena Street, Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplen said Wednesday night.

Though the spill has forced the closing of Helena between Garrison Road and Albany Street, the basically rural nature of that part of the town has not caused great problems for the few nearby residents who have been allowed to remain in their homes and have no problem driving out of the area, officials said.

The acetone and toluene that spilled out of a building at 833 Helena over a week ago remained under investigation by town officials. The chemicals are not believed to pose any immediate health problems to residents but is not to be touched without protective clothing, officials said. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment is in charge of the cleanup operations.