Pellet plant fire under investigation

Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters converged on Pinnacle Renewable Energy's facility

Lavington and Coldstream firefighters respond to a fire at the Pinnacle pellet plant on School Road Tuesday night.

Lavington and Coldstream firefighters respond to a fire at the Pinnacle pellet plant on School Road Tuesday night.

The cause of a Lavington industrial fire is under investigation.

Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters converged on Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s facility on School Road.

“A fire occurred inside the No. 1 dryer,” said Lerooy Reitsma, Pinnacle president, in a statement.

“The fire was brought under control with the assistance of emergency response personnel.”

Members of the Lavington and Coldstream fire departments responded to the blaze.

“When we arrived, heavy smoke was rolling out from the eaves,” said Dave Sturgeon, Coldstream fire chief.

Fire crews were on scene until well about 7:30 p.m.

“It was hard to access because it’s a metal building and it’s quartered off in sections,” said Sturgeon.

“We had to get into the burner unit in a confined area.”

Sturgeon believes the fire caused significant damage.

“It looks like it will need a lot to repair,” he said.

The plant was not operating at the time of the fire, which occurred after a day of maintenance procedures.

“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation with our focus being on accurately determining the cause,” said Reitsma.

No one was injured during the incident.

Pinnacle opened the $47 million plant next to Tolko Industries last fall.