Chemical Fire Reported at Nutrien Potash Plant

March 9, 2020

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Chemical Fire Reported at Nutrien Potash Plant
A fire broke out in several chemical storage tanks at the Nutrien potash facility in Vanscoy, SK. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Crews from several fire departments responded to the Nutrien potash facility in Vanscoy, SK last Saturday night after several chemical storage tanks caught on fire at the site, the City of Saskatoon said in a press release Sunday.

The Royal Municipality of Montrose Fire Department called for backup from a Saskatoon Fire Department hazmat team at the Agrium Road scene for backup at about 10 p.m., according to officials. Delisle and District Fire Commission Fire Chief Mike Given said in an interview with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix that a structure was “totally engulfed in flames.”

Upon arrival, hazmat personnel assisted in the development of a response plan. Firefighters worked into the early hours of Sunday morning to control the fire.

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“We reacted to the fire almost immediately,” a company spokesperson, Will Tigley, told CBC News. “Thankfully, there is no injuries at all, and all of our employees are safe and accounted for.”

Reports did not include details on what chemicals were involved in the incident. 

A fire broke out at a Nutrien Ag Solutions fertilizer blending facility in Mulberry, FL in January 2019, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. No injuries were logged in that incident.

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