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Sprinkler system assists firefighters at North Okanagan pellet plant fire

A fire is seen at the Pinnacle Pellet plant in Lavington Monday, May 11, 2020.
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May 11, 2020 - 8:55 AM

Firefighters in Lavington were called out to an early morning fire at the Pinnacle Pellet plant.

Lavington fire chief Marty Wright told iNFOnews.ca crews got the call 2:45 a.m. today, May 11, and were on site before 3 a.m.

Wright said the fire started in a fan chamber and was quickly doused by the automatic sprinkling system at the pellet plant.

"Pinnacle Pellet's automated suppression system took care of most the fire for us," Wright said. "We just got there and took care of the big fire that was in the chamber and then just dealt with hotspots throughout."

Wright said there were no injuries and everybody is accounted for.

The fire chief said the main fan chamber was completely lost in the fire and the damage is now being accessed by the company.

In a post to Facebook, one eyewitness reported hearing a loud explosion.

Wright said 13 Lavington firefighters and nine from Coldstream responded to the fire. Crews left the scene at around 7 a.m..

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