Emergency crews responded to a fire call in the Moresby area of Prince Rupert this morning at approximately 10 a.m.
A fire ignited inside one of the three fuel tanks, which was being removed by contractors, located down at the old rail road.
The contractors working on the removal were grinding and cutting at the time said Chad Cooper, deputy fire chief. This released a spark and ignited the interior of the tank. Vent holes had already been cut in the tank for safety.
“Once the tank started to burn, the seam along the top split and flames were released,” said Cooper. The flames were quickly doused with foam substance.
The contractor telephoned the issue into emergency services and the fire was extinguished within ten minutes. Cooper said the tanks are not full but have left over fuel elements inside. “Residual fuel creates a black tar like substance inside the tank. This is what was burning.” The tanks are left over from the second world war era and were used to store fuel for battleships.
”No one was injured during the incident and there was no release of product into the surrounding environment,” said Veronkia Stewart, communications manager for the City of Prince Rupert. “The contractor and engineer will be reassessing their methods prior to restarting the work to ensure that an incident of this nature does not occur again.”
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