In Canada, wood pellet producer Pacific Bioenergy Corporation (PacBio) has confirmed that the Prince George Fire Department (PGFD) was called at approximately 5:00 p.m. on July 27, 2020, following a smoldering incident that occurred in an exterior conveyor system at the company's pellet plant in Prince George, British Columbia (BC).
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We are very thankful that none of our employees or members of the PGFD team were injured during and while responding to the incident. Our emergency response training paid off as our employees contacted PGFD immediately following the incident. PGFD remained onsite for a few hours to extinguish smolders. We were cleared by PGFD at approximately 8:00 p.m. to begin receiving fibre deliveries to the plant. The incident is under investigation by our staff and WorkSafeBC. The investigation is expected to take several days to complete. We will make the necessary repairs to the plant and resume production of wood pellets as soon as it is safe to proceed, said John Stirling, CEO PacBio in a statement.