Safety & Fire
Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George plant reports smoldering wood incident
By Ellen Cools
On July 27, the Prince George Fire Department (PGFD) was called to Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George, B.C. pellet plant because smoke was seen coming from wood smouldering inside a conveyor system.
According to the Prince George Citizen, the smoke was quickly put out and no injuries were reported. Damages are estimated to be around $50,000.
Pacific BioEnergy confirmed the incident in a statement. CEO John Stirling stated: “We are very thankful that none of our employees or members of the PGFD team were injured during and while responding to the incident. Our emergency response training paid off as our employees contacted PGFD immediately following the incident. PGFD remained onsite for a few hours to extinguish smolders. We were cleared by PGFD at approximately 8:00 p.m. to begin receiving fibre deliveries to the plant. The incident is under investigation by our staff and WorkSafeBC. The investigation is expected to take several days to complete. We will make the necessary repairs to the plant and resume production of wood pellets as soon as it is safe to proceed.”
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