Fire broke out Friday morning at a tire recycling plant in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan that brought back bad memories of a massive blaze in 2016 that took 40 hours to extinguish.
According to the Saskatoon Fire Department, the first response to the latest incident at Shercom Industries was three fire engines, an aerial ladder truck, a rescue unit, a water tanker, and a battalion chief.
A hazmat unit was later dispatched and placed on stand-by at the scene.
The first responding fire engine noted considerable smoke while in route. Upon arrival shortly before 7 a.m., heavy flames were visibly exiting the two-story industrial building. A company representative on scene confirmed that employees had safely evacuated the building.
Multiple firefighters engaged in fire suppression using water shuttled to the scene via the water tanker. Power was shut off to the building to minimize potential hazards.
No injuries have been reported. Martensville Fire Department responded to provide mutual aid at the scene.
Firefighters declared the blaze under control by 11 a.m.
Shercom Industries recycles tires to make paving tiles, rubber paving, and playground surfaces. The 2016 fire consumed more than 9,000 kilograms of shredded rubber and at least eight large barrels of polyurethane.