Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet plant suffered damage from an early morning fire on July 13. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet plant suffered damage from an early morning fire on July 13. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

UPDATED: Early morning fire at Pinnacle Renewable Energy

The fire in the elevator shaft was contained by Prince Rupert Fire Rescue

A fire at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet plant in Prince Rupert drew the assistance of the Prince Rupert Fire Rescue Department (PRFRD) just before 1 a.m. on July 13.

Karen Kellar-Brandt communication spokesperson for Drax/Pinnacle confirmed in an email to The Northern View that fire crews were called to a fire at Westview port terminal in Prince Rupert.

“The fire at the top of an elevator was put out shortly afterward and no one was hurt during the incident. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire,” she said.

Deputy Fire Chief Chad Cooper said the 911 call was received at 12:34 a.m. to which nine firefighters and two trucks responded.

Witnesses in a 13-minute live video, posted on social media by Oliver Nelson, can be heard stating the fire located at the top of the elevator shaft was quickly contained.

“The fire crews did an amazing job at quickly containing the fire. The fire was at the highest point of the terminal,” the deputy chief said explaining that it was burning 200 ft. in elevation up from the ground with the crews having to carry their own fire hoses up and down.

The fire crews were on site for just under seven hours ensuring the fire was fully extinguished.

“The crew did an amazing job quickly knocking down the fire and preventing it from extending into other conveyors and into the silos which would have been a major loss,” Cooper said.


 
K-J Millar | Journalist 
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