Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Most workers return to work at Syncrude plant amid fire investigation

Most workers return to work at Syncrude plant amid fire investigation

According to Syncrude's official Twitter account, the person injured was an employee and was being transported to hospital.

The fire at the Mildred Lake oil upgrader plant broke out on Tuesday, prompting the facility to be evacuated with emergency services arriving at the site.

"The fire remains isolated and controlled and the remainder of the operation is in a safe and stable position", said company spokesperson Will Gibson.

For a few hours in the afternoon, RCMP shut down one lane on a section of Highway 63 near the site, to allow for the evacuation of workers on the site.

Syncrude said Wednesday morning it is focused on assessing the damage and stabilizing its plant, owned by a consortium of companies led by Suncor Energy Inc.

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There was a big plume of black smoke at the Mildred Lake upgrader Tuesday afternoon, but the smoke was dissipating, said Will Gibson, a Syncrude Canada spokesman.

As of Wednesday morning, smoke was no longer visible at the site. "Syncrude will be thoroughly investigating this incident and will be cooperating with other agencies that will be investigating it". The company will also conduct a full investigation into the fire. The injured Syncrude employee is in hospital with family members and is receiving treatment. "I'm very glad to hear he is in stable condition". "Because of that, we're restricting access to our site to authorized Syncrude personnel only".

There's no confirmation on how many people were working at the site when the fire broke out.

"Alberta has a strong culture of safety. That being said, we are always looking to make sure we are pushing ourselves to be the best, making sure that our legislation is up to date, making sure that the codes and our practices are as good as they can be so that every worker can go to work and come home safely". It returned to normal production the following October.

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