“Fire-related event” injures three and forces operations to stop at Canadian pellet plant
30 November 2020
A fire injured three employees of wood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Pellet on November 25 at the company’s facility in Houston, British Columbia. Operations were shut down following the incident while the three workers were taken to hospital.
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In a statement posted on its website, Pinnacle Pellet said operations at its Houston facility were suspended after a fire-related event in the dyer area of the plant. Three employees suffered minor injuries and were taken to Smithers Hospital as a precautionary measure.
News site The Interior News said that rumours of an explosion have yet to be confirmed.
Pinnacle added its thanks to emergency responders who attended the scene. British Columbia’s safety authority WorkSafeBC and other relevant authorities have been notified of the incident and an investigation has begun to find the cause of the fire.
Pinnacle did not say when operations would resume at the plant.
According to its website, Pinnacle Pellet is the second largest producer of industrial wood pellets in the world. The company said in its statement that it is committed to a safe and healthy workplace for its employees and fosters a culture of continuous improvement by establishing and maintaining safe work practices through proper procedures and directions.