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Uncontrolled crude oil fire causes dangerous toxic smoke in Alberta

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jan31,2024

In Alberta, uncontained crude oil fire

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Oil fire in Minburn on January 30, 2023.

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An emergency alert was sent shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday to Albertans in Minburn County, located an hour and a half east of Edmonton, due to an uncontained crude oil fire. The warning was lifted two hours later.

Lycos Energy Inc. notified the Alberta Energy Regulator (REA) that an oil tank fire had occurred on a concession near Wainwright, according to REA spokesperson Renato Gandia.

The fire was extinguished around 6:45 p.m.

Inspectors remain on site to actively monitor the situation and collaborate with emergency services emergency response and local authorities to ensure public safety, Gandia said.

The incident is under investigation.

Toxic smoke is released and is dangerous if inhaled, the alert said.

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There was no evacuation, but the province asked residents to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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