No injuries in oil storage facility fire in M.D. of Taber

By Justin Goulet - Lethbridge News Now
June 19, 2019 - 10:35am

MD OF TABER, AB – M.D. of Taber fire crews were put to work Tuesday night following a lightning strike.

According to a Facebook post from the service, Stations 4 and 7 were alerted to the strike north of Township Road 10-2, east of Highway 36 at 11:21 p.m.

Eight vehicles responded initially. On scene, it was discovered that the blaze was a fully engulfed oil storage site. The Duty Officer requested assistance to crews from the Grassy Lake and Vauxhall areas as well as water trucks from four water haulers, including the M.D. of Taber.

Alberta Health Services’ EMS responded to offer medical screenings to firefighters.

The posting noted that at the event’s peak, there were 28 M.D. of Taber Regional Fire Service firefighters on scene. While on scene, two explosions occurred within the complex.

22 water tender truck loads were used to extinguish the fire, along with over 40 containers of foam suppressant. The fire service said much of the facility was saved.

All units cleared from the scene at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday morning and are washing every hose-line the fire service owns throughout the morning.

No injuries were reported.

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