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.