No injuries were reported following a fire and explosion at a water treatment facility in Pickering on Tuesday.

The Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant is located at 901 McKay Rd., near Bayly Street and Brock Road.

Police say everyone in the building was accounted for but the building sustained some structural damage.

Durham police told 680News they received multiple 911 calls at 9:20 a.m. reporting an explosion and thick smoke.


Durham Region’s Commissioner of Works Cliff Curtis says there was an explosion in a bio-filter building shortly after 9 a.m. causing a small fire. He also insists it’s not impacting the local water supply.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known; however, a spokesperson with the City of Pickering told 680News it may have been a methane explosion.

The plant is jointly owned by York and Durham regions.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office is investigating.

With reports from Irene Preklet & Charlene Close, 680News