Local firefighters were on scene for approximately 5 hours to during an industrial occupancy structure fire on Friday, March 1st. It happened at Trouw Nutrition/Shur-Gain on 48th Avenue.
The town of Olds Fire Department responded to an industrial fire on Friday, March 1st.
It happened at Trouw Nutrition/Shur-Gain on 48th Avenue.
Upon arrival at the industrial occupancy structure fire, crews found heavy smoke conditions from a working fire inside the process area of an animal feed manufacturing/production facility. All employees were verified to be out of the building with no injuries.
Mutual aid assistance was provided by Carstairs, Didsbury and Sundre Fire Departments. A total of 40 firefighters with 5 pumper trucks, an aerial ladder, as well as rescue and support vehicles attended the scene.
Due to the nature of this type of facility there was an extreme hazard to firefighters entering the facility. Fire Chief Justin Andrew says - in particular - there was the potential for dust explosions. He notes an in depth size up was completed and the smoke conditions were monitored closely before the decision was made to enter the structure and pursue an active attack on it. Andrew says firefighters were able to find th seat of the fire and extinguish it prior to conducting an extensive investigation for additional secondary fires and smoke travel.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire but the damage estimate will be extensive. The cause of the fire is under investigation. However, it is not deemed to be suspicious in nature. The occupancy is expected to be non-operational for an undetermined period of time to undergo repairs.
Firefighters were on scene for approximately 5 hours to contain this incident in temperatures below -30 degrees.
The Olds Fire Department did suffer some equipment damage and hose failure due to the frigid temperatures and water application, but firefighters worked into the early morning hours to restore units to service.