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Firefighters respond to dryer explosion at Panolam Industries

January 23, 2024  By CFI Staff

On Jan. 20, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department responded to an explosion at Panolam Industries Ltd. at 61 Domtar Road in Huntsville, Ont. Photo: Town of Huntsville.

Firefighters from Ontario’s Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at Panolam Industries at around noon on Jan. 20, according to a statement released by the Town of Huntsville.

“Upon arrival, firefighters discovered debris and damage that indicated that a large two-story industrial dryer used for drying wood dust had suffered an explosion inside of it. This dryer is on the exterior of the plant. The interior of the plant was unaffected. Fire fighters then extinguished the resulting fire with the support of Panolam’s industrial fire brigade,” the statement said.

No injuries were reported. The incident is under investigation by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department and the Office of the Fire Marshal. The cause has not been determined at this time.

The plant’s fire protection systems contributed greatly to minimizing the impact of the fire, the statement added.


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