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.