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Ethane leak sets off major industrial fire

Fort Saskatchewan, AB -- Aug. 26, 2001 -- A major fire erupted at a BP Canada Energy Co. plant Sunday. The facility...


Fort Saskatchewan, AB — Aug. 26, 2001 — A major fire erupted at a BP Canada Energy Co. plant Sunday. The facility is located in an industrial park in Fort Saskatchewan, north-east of Edmonton.

An ethane leak began earlier in the day from an underground storage tank at the natural gas liquids plant. The company activated an emergency response plan; four workers in the plant escaped uninjured. The ethane unexpectedly ignited about two hours after the leak was detected. The reason for the fire was not known.

There are several other large chemical and energy plants in the area, including over two dozen chemical tanks in a Dow Chemical facility near the fire.