South Side Suspected Gas Leak Sparks Concern


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – UPDATE: Union Gas has confirmed that this is not a gas leak. Read more below.
EARLIER:  A suspected southside gas leak has residents smelling the familiar odour consistent with a gas leak.
Unconfirmed reports from citizens are suggesting that the leak may be coming from the mill.
Westgate High School has been evacuated due to the smell, according to students and citizens in the area. Once TBFR arrived they told officials at the high school that it was safe to return into the building and that the source of the smell is likely the mill.
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue has their hands full attempting to sort out the issue. You are being asked that if you smell the odour, to close your windows and call Union Gas to report the smell. The source of the smell or if there is a gas leak has not been confirmed.
The Thunder Bay Catholic School Board put out this statement.

“Shortly after school began this morning, an odor was noticed in some areas of our Southward schools.
In order to ensure the safety of students and staff and to err on the side of caution, Union Gas and the Fire Department were called.
Schools in the southward will be put in a Shelter in Place status. All school air-handling units have been shutdown, in order to prevent outside air from coming inside.
We will continue to update, as details become available.”

An employee at the mill has reported that the smell was due to a chemical used to clean the stacks. This chemical is said to be safe and should not bother anyone, according to the employee. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue said that a computer malfunction caused some gases to be released which were blown into the city.
Anyone with information is asked to text us at 807-355-8917 or email at
This is a developing story and we will update you as more information becomes available.