A fire at a Syncrude oilsands facility in northern Alberta has been extinguished, two days after it broke out.
“Early this morning our emergency responders and operations personnel safely extinguished the fire in our hydrotreating area of the Mildred Lake upgrader. The fire had been isolated and under control since Tuesday afternoon, ” company spokesman Will Gibson said Thursday.
WATCH BELOW: A video posted by MyMcMurray shows flames and heavy black smoke billowing from the Syncrude oil facility north of Fort McMurray Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
The company said Thursday it is still investigating the cause of the fire, which started in an oil supply line. Gibson said it’s believed a line failure – that triggered a leak of treated naptha – sparked the fire. Naptha is one of three hydrocarbons created in the bitumen-upgrading process.
Crews allowed the fire to burn in order to safely dispose of chemicals left in the line.
Gibson said now that the fire is out they can work on repairs and finding the cause of the fire. “Work is ongoing to fully isolate the impacted area to allow safe entry so we can assess damage and start repairs,” said Gibson.
Officials including those with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety remain on site to investigate.
Syncrude said an employee who was injured in the fire remains in stable condition in an Edmonton hospital.
The company said several upgrader units remain shut down or are working at reduced rates and operations have been scaled back.
With files from The Canadian Press and Global News