Emergency crews respond to fire at energy plant west of Edmonton

Emergency crews respond to fire at energy plant west of Edmonton
Firefighters and STARS have been called out to an “incident” at a renewable energy plant near Entwistle, Alta., on Monday.

It happened at Pinnacle Renewable Energy, which is about 100 kilometres west of Edmonton.

“I felt the explosion,” said Kyle Wickstrom, who was one kilometre away. “It was nuts.”

Emergency crews were on scene at 3 p.m. and Parkland County confirmed it has fire crews at the scene.

“Parkland County crews are evaluating the situation and the first priority is life safety,” said Rebecca Lewicki, a senior communications officer for the county.

STARS air ambulance crews from both Edmonton and Calgary were notified.

There is no word yet on possible injuries.

On its website, Pinnacle is described as “one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of industrial wood pellets, which are used by large-scale thermal power generators as a greener alternative to produce reliable baseload renewable power.”
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