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Wednesday , 3 March 2021
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BRFA adds details to CNRL Beartrap Facility fire

The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority has given more details on the fire at CNRL’s Beartrap facility.

BRFA Fire Chief Jay Melvin said fire crews from Bonnyville, Fort Kent, Ardmore, La Corey and Iron River responded near 1am on Sunday, Aug. 25 to the CNRL site.

Seven apparatus were on scene including pumpers, foam, aerial, and tanker support, said Melvin, with 21 personnel on-scene.

“We, unfortunately, don’t have a comment on how it may have started. It was fully engulfed by the time we got there,” said Melvin.

The investigation will be overseen by Canadian Natural, said Melvin.

“Since it’s within their plant, we have differed to CNRL. In the event, they need to assist in the investigation, but at this time we were leaving it within CNRL’s until they determine otherwise.”

CNRL said the facility has resumed production.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.