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Fire Under Control, One Person In Serious Condition Following Fire At Mildred Lake Upgrader

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7

One person is in serious but stable condition following a fire at Syncrude north of Fort McMurray.

The blaze broke out shortly before 2:00 p.m., Tuesday in the Mildred Lake Upgrader.

Syncrude’s Media Relations Advisor Will Gibson tells Mix News an employee was taken to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and the family has been notified. Alberta Health Services also confirmed on Twitter a person was taken to hospital.

Gibson says the safety of their workers is top priority.

“So our focus is responding to this incident which includes ensuring the people on our site are safe.”

The fire was isolated and deemed under control Tuesday evening, meaning workers were to report for their night shift.

Gibson says employees are back at their regular posts Wednesday morning. He notes the area hit by the fire is restricted so people who would normally work there will be elsewhere.

He adds a thorough investigation will be done to find out what happened.

One lane of traffic on Highway 63 southbound was closed for much of Tuesday afternoon, as Wood Buffalo RCMP were assisting with the evacuation of non-essential services from site. It has since reopened.

Multiple buses were arriving on site for employees shortly after the fire began.

Meanwhile, AHS has issued a precautionary air quality advisory for Fort McKay, Civeo’s Beaver River Executive Lodge and Athabasca Lodge, and Syncrude’s Mildred Lake Lodge.

They say due to smoke and low levels of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) in the air, residents, and visitors of Fort McKay and area are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with the current air conditions.

Fort McKay First Nation Emergency Services is asking its residents to take precaution due to the smoke from the fire and the prevailing wind direction.

In a post on their Facebook page, they’re advising people to stay indoors, keep doors and windows closed and keep an air purifier running, if possible.


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