Fire at MDF Mill in Quesnel

Safety Alert Type: 
Manufacturing
Location: 
WestPine Medium Density Fibreboard (Quesnel, BC)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2016-03-09
Company Name: 
West Fraser Mills Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

On the evening of Wednesday March 9, a process-related upset condition led to a fire at the WestPine MDF (medium density fibreboard) mill in Quesnel.

Employees acted quickly, the mill was evacuated and no one was injured. Emergency crews responded and were able to bring the fire under control within a few hours.

The fire has caused damage and the facility will not be operational for a period of time.

WestPine MDF is owned and operated by West Fraser Mills Ltd.

Additional Information:

  • At approximately 5:30pm on March 9th a fire occurred in the process equipment of WestPine MDF, resulting in a fire at the facility.
  • There were no injuries. All personnel on site were accounted for and safe.
  • Fire detection systems were in place at the mill.
  • Employees were able to engage the facility’s fire suppression system and the mill’s emergency evacuation procedures were activated immediately.
  • WorkSafeBC and West Fraser Mills are conducting investigations to understand the circumstances of the incident.

 

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Resources: Although the details of this incident are still unknown, review the following general safety information:

 

File attachments
Westpine MDF Explosion Alert.pdf
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