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Manitoba flaxseed plant ravaged by $7M fire

fficials say a massive blaze that tore through a flaxseed plant in western Manitoba was accidental.


March 15, 2012
by CANADIAN PRESS

ANGUSVILLE, Man.: Officials say a massive blaze that tore through a flaxseed plant in western Manitoba was accidental.

The Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner says the blaze started in the Flanbia Nutritionals plant’s pasteurizer unit when flax meal overheated.

A firm cost figure for damage from the fire has not yet been set, but officials say it’s estimated to be more than $7 million.

The plant also employs about 50 workers, many of who are now uncertain about their futures.

Three people were inside the plant when the fire started around 6 a.m. on March 13. They noticed smoke in the warehouse area and called 911 before managing to get out.

No one was injured.

2012 The Canadian Press