Chemical plant fire extinguished, investigation underway

Preliminary damages resulting from the fire on Wanuskewin Road are estimated to be $20,000.  Saskatoon Fire Department fire investigators will be working with Akzo Nobel staff to determine what caused the surfactant to ignite.

The Saskatoon Fire Department responded at 4:10 a.m. to a fire at the Akzo Nobel Chemical facility on Wanuskewin Road. 

Fire crews were presented with a 2500 gallon tank containing a combustible liquid equipped with venting through a roof of the building and burning at the termination of the vent at atmosphere.  The tank was approximately 40% full at the time of the fire.

The heat radiating from the vent ignited adjacent combustible roofing materials which was quickly brought under control. 

The fire is now extinguished.   All roads have been opened.