Syncrude’s Upgrader North of Fort McMurray Explodes in Fire

Syncrude Canada has confirmed to be responding to a fire at its Mildred Lake Upgrader, north of Fort McMurray, on Tuesday afternoon. According to one of the worker on the site, “a section of the plant ignited,” and a “a line ignited and somehow exploded and shot flames maybe 100 feet in the air, maybe more. It fully engulfed one of the units and is probably melting it right now.”

According to a photo of the scene, a dark smoke can be seen billowing up into the sky and a video posted by MyMcMurray has shown flames coming from the same site. The official twitter handle of Syncrude confirmed on late Tuesday afternoon that one of its employees was injured and taken to hospital and that their family had been notified.

Meanwhile, Alberta Health Services said emergency medical staff also confirmed that it transported one person from the scene in serious but stable condition from the Syncrude plant to hospital. Global News quoted one of the oilfield worker as saying that “I heard a pretty good thud and it was just unusual,” adding that “I looked up and saw this fireball – and black – just engulfed in smoke coming up. You’re kind of stunned… It just escalated from there.” It was mentioned that “the people up here, they’ve been through enough already” and “to see that, it was really devastating.”

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