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Enligna’s pellet plant catches fire

On 8 September 2010 wood pellet producer Enligna Canada’s Upper Musquodaboit-based pellet mill caught fire and burned throughout the night.

The fire was said to have started in the crushing facility at around 10.30am before it spread to the hoppers.

While the fire was burning a number of dust explosions were reported, caused by fine dust becoming ignited.

Public information officer Dave Meldrum said: ‘The hoppers are interior silos, which is this case had all five connected. They store this really dry sawdust materials. Of course these things are interconnected so once the fire gets in there it spreads and it’s a smouldering fire. It’s a difficult thing to chase.’

No one was injured in the incident and the cause is being investigated.