ST. JOHN’S, NL –
Police say five of the eight people injured in an explosion at a refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland, have been airlifted to the provincial capital for treatment.
Newfoundland RCMP Corporal Jolene Garland did not comment on the condition of the patients, saying only that those transported needed “additional medical care” beyond what was available in Clarenville, Newfoundland .
Local RCMP closed the parking lot of a Sobeys grocery store to traffic around 8 p.m. Friday so two emergency planes could land and pick up the victims for transport to St. John’s.
The cause of Friday’s explosion and subsequent fire at the refinery 150 kilometers west of St. John’s is being investigated by police and the Health and Safety Division. provincial workplace safety.
Jim Stump, president of refining with refinery owner Braya Renewable Fuels, released a statement on Saturday saying his team is on the scene and cooperating with the investigation to ensure they can “prevent incidents like this- these do not occur”.
The refinery, which is a primary source of employment in the region, was once an oil production facility that has undergone the process of converting to a renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel operation. A company spokesperson previously said the conversion effort was still underway at the time of the explosion.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 3, 2022.
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