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Explosion doors contained Richardson Terminals fire

Firefighters reported heavy black smoke and flames upon arrival at the waterfront structure on Sunday afternoon.
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A fire broke out on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the Richardson Terminal on Thunder Bay's waterfront. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – An explosion and subsequent fire in a pellet plant Sunday at Richardson Terminals on Thunder Bay’s waterfront could have been much worse.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue said explosion doors on a dust filtration system contained the fire and damage to the system and some piping.

The fire department, in a release issued late Sunday night, said they arrived at the terminal at about 1 p.m. on Sunday and reported seeing heavy black smoke and flames coming from the roof of the structure.

A second alarm was requested and five pumpers and two aerial ladders, as well as a platoon chief, responded.

Firefighters were equipped with self-contained breathing units and made their way to the top of the structure, using ropes to hoist hoses, as well as using fire equipment on site.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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