Firefighters extinguish blaze at Tervita tank farm

Firefighters from Taylor, Fort St. John, and Charlie Lake responded to a fire at Tervita's Fort St. John Treatment Recovery and Disposal Facility on Thursday morning.

Heavy black smoke from the fire could be seen for miles this morning due to the hydrocarbon waste that was found to be burning in waste storage pits at the site, the District of Taylor said in a news release.

Taylor firefighters extinguished the blaze with tanker support from Fort St. John and Charlie Lake. By 11 a.m., the fire was out, and the scene at 6288 249 Road was turned over to the property owner, the district said.

“Taylor Fire-Rescue thanks the Fort St John Fire Rescue and Charlie Lake Fire Rescue Departments for their continued support," Fire Chief Steve Byford said.

"It is support like that shown today that helps keep all of our communities safe.”

There were no reports of injuries or damage to the facility, Tervita said. The incident was reported to regulatory agencies and the facility is open, it said. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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