Kindersley fire crews and EMS were dispatched to a disposal facility site northeast of Kindersley on Wednesday, to what was initially reported as a truck explosion.
After speaking with Jeff Soveran, Kindersley Fire Department Deputy Chief, we have now learned that it was in fact a structural tank explosion at the Tervita site, that fire and EMS responded to that day.
With the severity of the incident, STARS was called and were promptly on scene, they were on the ground for approximately 45 minutes along side fire and EMS crews.
In a statement from STARS communications department, the emergency team then air-lifted a man injured from the explosion to the University of Alberta hospital where he is being treated for burns sustained in the incident. It has been recently reported that he is currently in stable condition.
Kelly Sansom, manager of communications for Tervita, stated that following the incident all safety protocols were followed to ensure the situation was contained.
To that effect, fire crews were called out a second time to assess residual smoke according to Tyler Fittus, Tervita area manager. Soveran added that the second call was for extra precautionary measures given the scope of the initial explosion and everything was contained and without incident during that second call.
Sansom informed us that the incident is under investigation to determine the cause of the explosion, which was later confirmed by Saskatchewan Occupational Health and Safety, therefore details are not being released at this time and the site will be closed during the investigation.