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Slideshow: Speedway International fire

A massive fireball goes up from a blaze at Speedway International, northeast of Archibald and Marion in St. Boniface. Witnesses reported an explosion that shook the ground and firefighters issued an order for everyone, including fire crews, to move back.
A truck tanker containing 75,000 litres of methanol caught fire and exploded, sending flames 800 metres into the sky.
Fire officials estimated there was upwards of 400,000 litres of explosive chemicals on site, including methanol and diesel fuel.
Two railcars adjacent to the building each contained 100,000 litres of fuel -- one with biodiesel and one with methanol -- raising concerns about further explosions.
After the explosion, about 55 firefighters went into
Homes within an 800-metre radius of the business were evacuated.  Residents were allowed to return home around 1 a.m.
The Speedway International fire as seen from Osborne Village.
Smoke billows from the scene.
The fire is seen from across the Red River, behind the St. Boniface Cathedral.
Smoke from the fire was visible across the city.
Smoke from the fire is seen from the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge over the Red River.
Smoke from the fire is seen from a balcony on Osborne Street.
Onlookers watch from a distance as a fire burns.
Onlookers watch the fire from a distance.
The fire seen from Osborne Village.
The fire in the St. Boniface-area industrial park is seen as night begins to fall.
Smoke from the fire is seen at sunset from the Lagimodiere bridge.
The fire in the St. Boniface-area industrial park is seen after dark.
The fire seen from Westview Park
Firefighters continue battling the blaze after dark.
The fire as seen from Westview Park
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of  last evenings fire.  Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St.  KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  /  OCT. 2  2012
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of  last evenings fire.  Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St.  KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  /  OCT. 2  2012
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of  last evenings fire.  Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St.  KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  /  OCT. 2  2012
A massive fireball goes up from a blaze at Speedway International, northeast of Archibald and Marion in St. Boniface. Witnesses reported an explosion that shook the ground and firefighters issued an order for everyone, including fire crews, to move back. - Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press
A truck tanker containing 75,000 litres of methanol caught fire and exploded, sending flames 800 metres into the sky. - Christine Morin / Submitted photo
Fire officials estimated there was upwards of 400,000 litres of explosive chemicals on site, including methanol and diesel fuel. - Sylvia Froese / Submitted Photo
Two railcars adjacent to the building each contained 100,000 litres of fuel -- one with biodiesel and one with methanol -- raising concerns about further explosions. - Glenn Schmidt / Submitted Photo
After the explosion, about 55 firefighters went into "defensive mode" and established a perimeter to close off access to the blaze and keep any curious onlookers from getting too close. - Diane Hammerling / Submitted Photo
Homes within an 800-metre radius of the business were evacuated. Residents were allowed to return home around 1 a.m. -
The Speedway International fire as seen from Osborne Village. - Melissa Tait / Winnipeg Free Press
Smoke billows from the scene. - Andrea Stutski / Submitted photo
The fire is seen from across the Red River, behind the St. Boniface Cathedral. - Luc Labelle / Submitted photo
Smoke from the fire was visible across the city. -
Smoke from the fire is seen from the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge over the Red River. - Luc Labelle / Submitted photo
Smoke from the fire is seen from a balcony on Osborne Street. - Doug Cross / Submitted photo
Onlookers watch from a distance as a fire burns. - Trevor Hagan / The Canadian Press
Onlookers watch the fire from a distance. - Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press
The fire seen from Osborne Village. -
The fire in the St. Boniface-area industrial park is seen as night begins to fall. - Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press
Smoke from the fire is seen at sunset from the Lagimodiere bridge. - Bill Rademaker / Submitted photo
The fire in the St. Boniface-area industrial park is seen after dark. - Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press
- Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press
The fire seen from Westview Park - Kevin Wolk / Submitted photo
Firefighters continue battling the blaze after dark. - Diane Hammerling / Submitted Photo
The fire as seen from Westview Park - Kevin Wolk / Submitted photo
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of last evenings fire. Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St. KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / OCT. 2 2012 - KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of last evenings fire. Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St. KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / OCT. 2 2012 - KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Wpg Fire investigators are on scene checking out 4 tanker rail cars and a tanker truck at the scene of last evenings fire. Fire aftermath from a large fire that destroyed Speedway International at Nicholas Ave near Marion St. KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / OCT. 2 2012 - KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

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